Mumbai, August 29: A man from Mumbai became the latest victim of online fraud by a cyber fraudster. A 21-year-old man who was trying to sell his cat illegally on an online marketplace application was duped of Rs one lakh. The fraudster feigned as an interested buyer and tricked the victim. An FIR has been registered against the scammer at DN Nagar Police station in Andheri. Online Bank Scams, Frauds & ATM Debit Card Conning On The Rise; Here's How You Can Save Yourself From Being Duped.
According to the Hindustan Times, the complainant had posted an advertisement on OLX, an online marketplace, to sell his cat. On August 22, the victim, a student from Andheri, received a call from the cyber-fraudster who posed as a potential buyer and showed his interest. Online Fraud in Mumbai: Woman Orders Beer, Loses Rs 87,001.
The scammer said that he would like to make advance payment and asked the victim to download an e-wallet application to his phone, Hindustan Times reported. After downloading the app, the fraudster sent him a link to start the payment. However, instead of advance payment, the money was being withdrawn from his account.
In total five transactions, Rs one lakh was withdrawn from his bank. Later, the victim reached the DN Nagar police station and filed a complaint. A case was registered under sections of cheating and impersonation of the Indian Penal Code and Information and Technology (IT) Act.
Meanwhile, the cops are also considering action against the complainant for the illegal sale of his cat. An OLX spokesperson told Hindustan Times, "OLX prohibits all illegal acts on its platform. Therefore, all advertisements relating to the sale of animals which are not allowed to be traded in accordance with the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, are prohibited."
In a similar case, a woman from Mumbai's Powai was cheated of Rs 87,001 when she tried to order liquor online. Radhika Parekh, who works in an international bank, registered a complaint that she was duped when she attempted to order three beers online.