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After spurt in phishing cases, police issue advisory on social media

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With a sudden spurt in phishing cases in the city, the police have issued an advisory to the public on social media asking them to be careful while making transactions through ATMs and Point of Sale systems across the city.

The advisory was put up on the Facebook page of the Bengaluru City police.

People should file a complaint with both the bank and local police if they notice any unwanted devise attached to the ATM, a senior police officer said in the advisory.

The police have also advised people to be alert about presence of glue or any adhesive substance on the keypads at the ATMs. Such things are used mostly by hackers to copy the PIN number, the advisory said.

Some other advices the police have given include: Make sure that there is no gap in the keypad and it is moulded properly into the machine, cover your hand while typing PIN, visit ATM which have security guards and those situated within bank premises, don’t share password with anyone, don’t hand over cards to strangers and keep an eye on the card when being used at PoS.

It may be recalled that the cyber crime police station has been flooded with the online phishing cases in the recent days. Over 20 cases have been registered in the past three days alone. Majority of these cases have been reported from East Bengaluru, especially in and around Hennur area, creating panic among residents there.

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