Fraudsters Exploit Amazon Loophole To Rob Rs 3 Lakh: How They Did This Fraud?
Amazon’s ‘Great Indian Festival’ is coming up with exciting offers, discounts, and more! Many people wait for this sale every year to buy smartphones, TVs, headphones, and more.
Using this to their advantage, a trio exploited a vulnerability in Amazon’s website that tricked the shoppers into paying them instead of the e-commerce firm, said the police on Tuesday.
Read on to know more about this fraud…
How Did This Happen?
A man registered a complaint at the Phase 2 police station, Noida claiming he was duped and tricked into paying Rs 3 lakh. After lodging an FIR, an investigation was launched with Cyber Cell that led to the unveiling of the fraudulence, police said.
A senior official said that the accused three people sent shoppers links to heavily discounted branded mobile phones to purchase from Amazon.
The accused fraudsters have been identified as Abdul Hannan from Moradabad,, Suheb Hasan from Moradabad, and Nishant Alam, from Greater Noida
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Central Noida, Ankur Aggarwal said, “They exploited a loophole in the Amazon website that allowed them to take screenshot of booked products which they sent to gullible buyers, saying their product has been booked at a discounted rate. They then asked the customers to make the payment to them but the customer would never get their products.”
Aggarwal further said, “The accused are young men, one or two of them are college dropouts. They have been staying in Noida on a rented flat in Sector 137 and operated from there.”
According to the police statement, police recovered illegal cash worth Rs 1,22,000, 9 mobile phones, and an impounded motorcycle worth Rs 2,50,000.
The police said that the accused trio has been booked under Indian Penal Code sections 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust), among others, and also under the relevant provisions of the Information Technology Act.
Here is How you can Avoid Any Cyber Crime!
- 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 for 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 banks or online payment apps.
- Do not enter a 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.