NEWS & ADVICE : CREDIT CARDS
Kolkata teacher duped in a credit card fraud
By Vaibhav Aggarwal
Dec 26, 2007
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Kolkata: Kalpana Sarkar, a Geography teacher at Siksha Niketan School was duped by her own relatives who reportedly stole her credit card and made unauthorized purchases with it. Kalpana lost her credit card on December 14 and when she reported the case to her bank, she found that purchases amounting to Rs. 24,998 had been made using her credit card. A complaint was filed by her in Manicktolla police station in this regard.

Police later arrested a 26 year old electronics engineer, who incidentally is also related to Kalpana, and her husband for this credit card fraud and recovered the goods bought using it.

Bornita and Raju Das, the two accused were produced before the court and remanded to 14 days judicial custody. Bornita who resides with her father B N Roy belongs to a well to do family. She along with her husband planned the entire event meticulously. Using her access to Kalpana's residence she stole the credit card and purchased jewellery from Big Bazaar at VIP road and a cell phone from another showroom at Ultadanga.

Such incidents involving credit card frauds are very common and it is the responsibility of a credit card holder to ensure that he keeps it safe from prying eyes. Those who perpetrate such frauds should know that credit card transactions can be traced and since most of the outlets have cameras installed, they can be easily caught. Any loss, theft or misappropriation of credit card should be reported immediately to the credit card issuer and for this it is advised that a credit card holder should always have the 24 hour helpline number of his credit card company with him.


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