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Saturday , October 16 2021

Raid on bank accounts in ‘update’ scam

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 6: For the third day in a row, a Kuwaiti lost KD 5,000 from his bank account in spite of warning issued by the concerned authorities and published by various newspapers reports about gangs looting people through fraudulent methods not to fall prey to ‘crooks’ who use different methods to rob money.

The modus operandi is very simple, the members of the gangs call and send messages to any number at random and when a person at the other end answers, and gives all details about his/her bank account, in a few seconds the bank balance is reduced to zero, reports Al-Anba daily. According to a complaint filed by the Kuwaiti at the Siddiq Police Station, a Kuwaiti born in 1950 said he received a message on his cell phone which stated that his bank account has been suspended and must contact the phone number mentioned in the message to update the data.

He added when he called the number, he was shocked to learn after a few seconds his money was withdrawn in three transactions (3,000, 1,000 and 1,000).

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