Seeking £599 refund for failed recharge, teacher loses Rs. 62K to cyber fraudster

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A 48-year-old teacher has become the latest target of cyber crooks after he lost Rs. 62,000 while requesting a refund for a failed mobile recharge transaction.

In his complaint to the police, the teacher said he wanted to investigate a payment failure for his top-up mobile phone amounting to Rs. 599 but ended up losing Rs. 62,000 in two different purchase transactions on reputable online marketplaces within minutes of discovering a payment gateway company’s fraudulent hotline number on the internet search engine.

The fraudster, under the guise of helping the victim, asked him to share the one-time passwords (OTPs) and siphoned off Rs.44,990 and Rs. 15,298 by making purchases on the platform from reputable marketplaces.

Immediately after the complaint was filed, the cybercrime unit attached to the Mira Bhayandar-Vasai Virar (MBVV) triggered police action and successfully blocked one of the payments. A case under the relevant sections of IPC and Information Technology Act for identity theft and punishment for fraud by impersonation using computer resources has been registered at Kashimira Police Station .

According to the police, it is possible to help victims of online fraud by reversing the transaction by establishing contact with merchant sites and their payment gateways to recover their money. However, this is only possible if the complainants contact the police within hours of the fraudulent transaction.

While calling on citizens to call the cybercrime unit in 1930 in case of online frauds, MBVV Police listed a list of common cybercrime methods including fake customer service numbers on search engines, job offers at home, lottery prizes. , KYC update calls, Quick Response (QR) code scanning, instant loans, online buying and selling marketplaces, video calls on social media platforms.

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Posted: Thursday April 28th 2022, 4:23 PM IST

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