KHANEWAL: At least two men were tricked into handing over their life savings in Khanewal’s Jahanian Town on Thursday.
Muhammad Akram and Asadullah told Express News that unidentified individuals called on their cellphones and claimed that they were speaking from a local bank. They added that the callers inquired about their bank account details and other information.
The victims maintained that they trusted the callers as they mentioned the details of the bank and provided information relevant to them.
After some time, they lamented that all their savings were transferred into another account by unidentified accused.
Akram and Asadullah said they immediately lodged a complaint with the bank managers and police officials over the matter, but no action was taken.
Akram is a student and had saved money for his education, while Asadullah is a farmer.
The victims appealed to authorities to arrest the culprits and recover the looted amount.
Recently, a number of bank customers from across the country fell prey to fraudulent activity and complained of unauthorised withdrawals from their accounts. This resulted in several ATM cards being blocked after reports surfaced of wide scale incidents.
Cybercriminals challenged the technology-driven banking system in Pakistan at a time when the country was looking to increase financial inclusion and bring more people into the formal sector.
Some time ago, the FIA cybercrime circle had held several Chinese nationals and Pakistani citizens who were found involved in similar cases from Punjab and Sindh.
Pakistan has faced a surge in cybercrime over the past couple of years. To cope with the challenges, the government recently framed cybercrime laws. As such cases became more common, the challenge for the government has increased, said an analyst.