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2 women cheated over online sale of liquor

July 13, 2019 06:19 AM

COURTESY MIRROR JULY 13

2 women cheated over online sale of liquor
Lose Rs 53,000 after ‘salesmen’ asked them to share credit card info, OTP
Vinay.Dalvi@timesgroup.com
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Two fresh incidents of people being cheated by cyber fraudsters by falsely promising home delivery of liquor have come to light. This time, the victims are women.

While one woman lost around Rs 45,000, another lost Rs 8,660, according to the police. Both the women had searched online for shops that deliver liquor at home. They were asked to share the details of their debit cards, and later the OTP (one-time password). While money was deducted from their accounts, liquor was not delivered. When they checked with the liquor shops where they had phoned, the women were told that they do not provide home delivery services.


According to the Tardeo police, they received one such complaint from a 32-year-old woman on Tuesday. The woman, who lives with her parents and brother on Tardeo Road and works with a multinational car manufacturing company, said that her mother and brother wanted to order a bottle of whisky so she searched online for a shop offering home delivery services. “She got the number of Shah and Co Wines. When she dialled the number, she was told that the liquor would cost her Rs 2,000. She was asked to share her debit card number, and OTP to complete the transaction. However, in next five minutes, six transactions took place on her card and she lost Rs 45,201,” said an official from Tardeo police station. When the woman checked with the Shah Wines and Company, she was told that they did not offer any home delivery service. After realising that she had been cheated, she approached the Tardeo police station who lodged a complaint against unknown person under Section 419 of IPC for cheating by personation, and applied several sections of Information Technology Act, 2000.

In another case, a female journalist, who lives in Prabhadevi, lodged a similar complaint with Dadar police.

According to the police, the 30-year-old late on Monday night searched for online liquor stores to order rum. She got the number of Baba Wine Shop, Matunga West. She was first told that she would have to pay Rs 1,200 but later when she told them that she only needed 750 ml of rum, they asked to pay Rs 660. They also told her that they accept only online payments, ‘which are completely safe’.

“The journalist then shared the debit card details and OTP with the accused, and even got a message that Rs 660 had been deducted from her account. But after some time, she got a call from another number saying that they had by mistake deducted Rs 7,000 from her account and that they needed details to get it refunded. She then shared the new OTP with them, but soon realised that she had actually lost Rs 7,000 from her account,” said a police officer from Dadar police station where she lodged a complaint. The woman then immediately informed her husband about it who called up the same number. They told him that they had deducted the amount by mistake and that they were ready to return but needed an e-commerce payment account like Paytm to facilitate it.

“Her husband then shared the Paytm number of a friend, and when they shared the number the latter also lost Rs 1,000 from his account. When her husband went to check with Baba Wines Shop the same night, the shop was closed. Next day, Tuesday, when the journalist herself went there to check, she was told that Baba Wines did not offer any home delivery services,” said the police official.

He said, “The journalist then registered a complaint with us. We are taking help of cyber cell to identify and trace the account numbers as well as the mobile numbers of the accused to identify them.

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