VADODARA: IAS officer P K Gera, who is currently serving as the managing director of Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Ltd, fell prey to cyber fraud after he lost Rs 94,999 through fraudulent transactions from his credit card. Gera, a resident of Akota, had been receiving SMS on his mobile phone from a mobile phone number asking him to complete KYC procedures for his PayTM wallet. The message stated that if he would not complete the procedures his wallet services may be shut. On August 21, Gera called on the mobile number to complete the KYC procedures. A man who was speaking in Hindi answered the call and took down KYC details Gera provided and also asked him to download an application, Team Viewer Quick Support application on his smartphone and then run it. Gera then logged out of his PayTM wallet and logged in again as asked by the man. Gera stated in his complaint that the caller then stated they also open PayTM savings banks account for which he will have to make a transaction of Rs 10. As the IAS officer was interested in opening an account in the online payments bank, Gera tried to make the transaction through netbanking. However, he was asked to make the transaction either through debit card or credit card. At this, Gera made the transaction through his Citi Bank credit card. Within a few minutes, he received two alerts on his phone that Rs 45,000 and Rs 49,999 were spent through his credit card. Shocked, Gera called up the bank’s customer helpline to cancel the transaction. However, he alleges that the bank did not cancel these transactions which he had not done. Later he submitted an application to the Cyber Crime police station to register an FIR following which an offence was registered on Tuesday. A police official, however, said that the IAS officer delayed in making the call to the helpline due to which his bank could not reverse the transaction. Investigation into Gera’s complaint revealed that the amount spent through his credit card was credited in two different bank accounts in a Uttar Pradesh bank. The number from which he had received the SMS and had called up has also been traced to Uttar Pradesh.