mumbai: three fall prey to fake courier cyber-fraud; lose rs 3.02 lakh

Recently, cyber-fraudsters who faked as a courier service executive extracted around Rs 3.02 lakh from the bank accounts of three people in Mumbai. The fraudsters got the money transferred to their account on the pretext of registration and collecting advance payment.

All three victims were searching for courier services online when they ended up finding the numbers of the cyber-fraudsters who uploaded their own numbers on internet search engines as that of popular courier services.

As per the report by the India Express, the first FIR was registered on November 6 at LT Marg police station near Crawford market. According to the complaint, a 61-year-old woman wanted to send an affidavit by courier to her son residing in Pune. She got a fake Blue Dart’s number from Google and ended up in a trap. The fraudster made her download and install the Anydesk app and asked her to pay Rs 5 in processing fees.

When she filled in the banking details on her mobile, the fraudster saw it and used them to transfer Rs 91,000 in six transactions from her account.

Similarly, the second case was registered on the same day at the Dahisar police station. The 43-year-old complainant, who works in an NGO, had to send some sweets using the DTDC service. As the parcel got delayed, he searched for the courier service’s number on the search engine.

The fraudster sent him a link asking him to fill in his banking and personal details in it to register his complaint and in minutes a total of Rs 50,000 was debited from his bank account.

A 27-year-old filmmaker from Khar (west) also lodged an FIR with Khar police station on November 8. Her office boy gave her a number of Blue Dart that he found on Google. The number was fake and the fraudster sent her a link asking her to fill in her personal details. After that, around Rs 1.62 lakh was withdrawn from her account in a total of 16 transactions.

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