This is the story of a young management graduate, Shashwat Gupta from Mumbai, who was fleeced for Rs. 1.3 lakh from his salary account connected to ICICI Bank and the above fraud became possible due to his linking of AADHAR with Airtel SIM card. This story can be a great lesson to all of you, who have either linked your AADHAR to your SIM card or about to do the same in the coming days.
According to the reports, Shashwat Gupta had lost Rs. 1.3 lakh from his salary account in ICICI bank due to the Aadhar-SIM linking fraud which is emerging in a big way, and once this report goes viral, many more such cases will come up in the media. Shashwat has narrated his ordeal through the FB post, which he has posted on this timeline, sharing what really happened, and how he lost Rs 1.3 lakh from his salary account; the money he had saved for use during the worst times of his life.
Shashwat also questioned about the security of his ICICI account. He has demanded that ICICI Bank should refund every single penny of his salary account, which he lost in this incident. He has also tagged most of the organizations and profiles to his post to make sure that his voice reaches to the maximum number of people. Here is the post was written by Shashwat…
FULL FB POST revealing what happened with Shashwat:-And in a blitz, my salary account was looted.
Hi guys! I just lost an amount of Rupees 1.3 lacs from my ICICI Bank salary account. A fraud, claiming to be from Airtel, gave me an ultimatum that Airtel would deactivate my SIM and block my number forever as I had not linked my Aadhar card to my SIM. He urged me to message my SIM card number to 121 (Official Airtel Service Number) and my SIM would be reactivated without any hassle. Little did I know that the fraudster would clone my SIM and loot all my hard-earned money and also take away Investments (Fixed Deposits) that I had planned on using during the worst times of my life.
Is this all that was required to break my ICICI Bank Account? Is that how vulnerable technology has left us? I always thought that our accounts are well protected by layers of security. I was under the impression that a person would require my account details or debit card or some sensitive information that only I have, that I have been safeguarding every minute of my life, to break my account. But the truth is all that sensitive stuff is already floating around the criminal world waiting to be raided, as our beloved banks like ICICI Bank haven’t been able to keep what must only be ours, OURS!
It is unbelievable how easy it has become to steal from our accounts. All the fraudsters are doing is trying every trick they can think of to get that one tiny key that would break open a safe that seem to be safeguarded by hundred different locks.
The saddest part of this is, after the loot on day one, ICICI Bank was not able to protect the balance amount. Even after 18 hours of raising Service Request ( S/R 497438380 ) and repeated follow-ups on customer care and branch, the Bank was not able to freeze my balance and as a result of early next morning, the fraudster was easily able to walk away with the remaining amount. Dear ICICI Bank, are your services supposed to end in crisis or are you supposed to relieve the customers’ grievances and prevent further damage?
ICICI Bank needs to understand that a fraudster breaks much more than an account of his activities, he breaks a persons’ life.
I feel that the Bank has failed to protect my account effectively and are completely responsible for my losses. I hence demand ICICI Bank refund every single penny I’ve lost in this incident.
I would also like to speak out to my friends here, guys please be careful and wary of these frauds. The people who we think are securing us, are actually the ones screwing us.”
Shashwat has tagged these profiles in the post too. “ICICI Bank Arun Jaitley Ravi Shankar Prasad Digital India Piyush Goyal Reserve Bank of India Narendra Modi#fraud #ICICIBank Aditi Mallick The Times of India TIMES NOW Hindustan Times MumbaiMirror.com DNA India Airtel India My Malishka DailyO Mumbai Police” Reacting to the incident ICICI bank said.