Habib Bank Limited (HBL) ATM cards were hacked by Indian cyber criminals who withdrew money from the teller machines, with the total cash withdrawn amounting to thousands of rupees, victims told Daily Pakistan Global here on Monday.
According to the victims, so far 18 people have come forward to register complaints at HBL Walton Road Lahore branch code (1250) as soon they received the SMS about money being withdrawn from their account.
Sohail Ahmad, an employee of a private factory (PEL), said that on Sunday night Rs. 25,000 was withdrawn from his account and he received an SMS immediately.
“Today, (Monday) I approached the branch operation manager for complaint. The bank manager said your account had been hacked by Indian cybercrime criminals and gave me a claims form to fill”. When asked about reversal of money, he said, “I am not sure, as the bank has asked to wait for 15 to 20 days”.
Mohammd Sarfraz Khan, who lost Rs 50,000 said, “I met representatives of the bank today and they assured me that money will be returned within fifteen to twenty days. I cannot buy new clothes for children and not able to purchase sacrificial animal on the eve of Eid”.
Other victim, Adnan Butt, told our reporter that Indian hackers deprived us of money around Eid.
“This matter should be taken to the FIA, because I fear money stolen could be used in terrorism activities”.
The victims have demanded the government to take immediate action on this issue so that they can celebrate Eid with their families.
Senior operations manager of HBL Walton road branch, Sajjad Hussain, said, “We are probing the case from every angle. Initially, we have found Indian hackers are involved in this heinous crime. Only two to three victims have reported so far. We have blocked the ATM cards and alerted high officials in Karachi.”