Bengaluru man orders pizza, loses Rs 95,000 in online scam


Bengaluru, Dec 6 (IANS): A city techie was left poorer by Rs 95,000 as he fell victim to online fraudsters after ordering a pizza, leaving a bad aftertaste in his mouth.

N V Sheikh of Bengaluru's Koramangala used a food delivery app on his smartphone to order a pizza on December 1 afternoon, The News Minute reported.

After the meal was not delivered even an hour after the order was placed, he looked for the customer care service of the food mart. When he called up, he was reportedly told by the man on the other end that the order was not being accepted by eateries and that a refund would be made.

The man allegedly told Sheikh that he would receive a phone message, and his refund request would be processed once he clicked on a link provided therein.

Madiwala Police said that when Sheikh did as directed, he became a victim of phishing. The fraudsters accessed his bank account details, and left him poorer by Rs 95,000 within minutes.

Sheikh filed a complaint with the Madiwala Police who are now investigating the matter. The victim was said to be saving the money for his mother's cancer treatment.

A spokesperson of the food delivery company said that it did not have a calling service for customer care but only chat and email.

"While we make all efforts to ensure customer safety and security, we urge our customers to be vigilant and not share personal or bank account details with anyone," the spokesperson was quoted by the news report.

In November, another Bengaluru resident had lost around Rs 85,000 in a payment app scam.

 

  

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  • Milind, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 6 2019

    Olx app is main reason for this fraud activity
    99% people are fake in olx
    And hindi people does this work
    Even I got 6500 scam by name of military,army name
    Dey use fake ID of army plp and sell in the name of phone

    Educated people will not repeat this 2nd time but there some people who are gettting scam again and again in this matter
    Cyber crime should take serious action against this app and people who are doing this fraud

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  • Derek, Balmatta/ Boston

    Fri, Dec 6 2019

    If you paid by credit card , then you are fully protected from this fraud.
    If you paid by Debit card, you are also protected to the full extent by your BANK.
    Contact your bank instantly.
    KNOW YOUR RULES AND REGULATIONS.
    DO NOT ACT DUMB!..
    Every transaction leaves a digital signature which can be traced wherever it is!

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 6 2019

    All this started to happen only after 2014.

    DisAgree [16] Agree [11] Reply Report Abuse

  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Fri, Dec 6 2019

    Imagine what sort of techie he is to fall prey to a widely known modus operandi?

    DisAgree [4] Agree [13] Reply Report Abuse

  • ARMANDO, urwa

    Fri, Dec 6 2019

    Such type of Techie wrote such apps that can be hacked from backdoor.

    DisAgree Agree [8] Reply Report Abuse


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