#Coronavirus Fraud: Man Robbed Of Rs 1 Lakh Via Fake App; FIR Against Fake UPI Of PM Care Fund
As we all know, the Prime Minister of India has set up a funding platform wherein people can donate money and in turn, help the patients of the Coronavirus pandemic.
However, what is dishearting is that fraudsters are taking disadvantage of this and usurping money that is meant for the good of the public.
There have been instances where people wished to donate their money for a greater good but got robbed off of their hard earned money.
Find out all the details right here.
Fake UPI ID Created To Receive Donations To Fight Coronavirus
The police have registered an FIR against a fraudster who created a fake UPI (Unified Payments Interface) address that was registered under the PM Care Fund. As per reports, an online complaint was received by the police about a UPI address “[email protected]”, and this ID has been created to receive donations. However, the State Bank of India has blocked it immediately and the correct UPI ID is “[email protected]”.
The officer said, “We have received a complaint against the fraudster and an FIR has been registered into the matter. We request donors to not fall prey to online frauds. Please verify the UPI address before initiating any payment.”
He also said, “We have cautioned people against opening suspicious emails and clicking on unverified links related to COVID-19 being circulated on social media platforms.”
Mumbai Man Loses More Than A Lakh Over Fraud App
A 46 year old man has also been a victim of online fraud in a similar manner. The name of the victim is Abhijit Gavali, a resident of Goregaon East, and he lost more than one lakh rupees of his hard-earned money.
Apparently, he had downloaded an app that would vibrate if there was any coronavirus patient in the vicinity. Gavali said, “I had downloaded the application on Thursday. It sent me an OTP which I entered.”
an app that would vibrate if there was any coronavirus patient in the vicinity. Gavali said, “I had downloaded the application on Thursday. It sent me an OTP which I entered.”
Reports say that he received his salary on Friday, and within just a small span of time he lost Rs. 1.06 lakh in three transactions.
We are all scared about the coronavirus spreading so rapidly, and of course we want to help, but we should also remember to verify the platforms on which we donate money and not put our trust in the wrong places.