UPI Fraud: Pune Man Robbed Of Rs 61,000 For Claiming Free Shoes Via Fake Customer Care
Since the dawn and fame of the Internet, thieves have invented new ways to rob people to gain easy money. Internet fraud is one of them.
No one is safe from Internet fraud and thefts! Not even you!
On January 8, a man fell prey to such a fraud when he tried to avail a free pair of shoes as promised in an advertisement of an e-commerce website and lost Rs 61, 330.
Read to find out more about this fraud…
Pune Man Lost A Fortune Over a Pair of Shoes!
An employee of the Central Ordnance Depot in Dehu Road came across an advertisement on an e-commerce website in December, which offered a free pair of shoes on the purchase of a pair.
An officer from the Dehu Road police said, “After placing the order, the complainant got the delivery of one pair of shoes on January 7.”
He said the victim contacted the customer care number of the website the next day as he did not get the delivery of the free pair of shoes. The caller claiming to be a customer care executive told the victim that the latter had to transfer Rs 10 from his UPI application to receive the free shoes. The fraudster then sent him a link to transfer the amount.
He said as soon as the victim filled up his UPI details on the link provided his PIN, Rs 61,330 was immediately debited from two of the victim’s bank accounts.
The officer said the probe of the cybercrime cell revealed that the deducted amount was transferred to two different bank accounts, one a public sector bank and another a private bank account. The money had also been transferred to two e-wallets.
The officer added saying, “Our probe is on.” The Dehu Road police on Monday registered an offence under Section 420 (cheating and dishonestly, inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code and the relevant section.
How To Avoid Internet Frauds?
- Do not share account information like cvv, otp, expiry date, etc with anyone. No bank employee or online payment app employee is authorized to ask such information.
- Do not connect with the bank or any online payment app by searching for customer care numbers on Google or social media platforms.
- Do not pick up calls from unidentified numbers claiming to be bank or online payment app.
- Do not enter UPI pin or pay money when you are receiving money.
- Do not install third party apps like Screen Share, Teamviewer, etc
- Do not pay any amount to secure a job. No job or internship providing site asks you to pay any amount to secure a job.