Suraj Soni. Pic/Hanif Patel

Even as cashless transaction has become the need of the hour, a 25-year-old from Nalasopara had to pay a heavy price for an online transaction he never made.

The man, identified as Suraj Soni, says that Rs 32,435 was mysteriously debited from his family’s bank account using a digital wallet.

Soni works as a daily wage labourer while his father works as a tailor. Soni had recently deposited his savings, amounting to Rs 75,000, in his father’s bank account. On the morning of December 5, his father got an SMS about Rs 32,435 being debited from his account. He immediately informed Soni who rushed to the bank.

The bank employees told Soni that the money was debited using a digital wallet. But, when Soni informed them that neither of his family members owned a digital wallet, the bank manager blocked his account and asked Soni to file a police complaint. “We approa­ched the Nalasopara police station and narrated the entire incident to the police. The officer was cooperative and assured that the money would be in our account soon,” said Soni.

The police, however, are yet to register an FIR.