Internet has played a crucial role in the transition of our hard and tough life into an easy one. You are always just one click away from clinching a deal on OLX and always a click away from buying an item on amazon. Moreover the internet gives us the opportunities to work from our home. All In all, It had expedited our life in more than way. On the other hand, you are always surrounded by the online frauds.
Avoid Congratulations And Jackpot
Undoubtedly every day more than 50 emails you get that congratulate you about winning a jackpot or contest that you have never participated in. And they pour you with a hope which eventually leads to getting tricks. Although nearly 90 percents are aware about this trick and avoid it but there are still 10% new internet users who falls for this.
The online frauds are coming with new ways every day. Some do it by attracting their victim by job offers. Not only the online frauds but the offline frauds also use this trick. They attract you by stating how easy the job is and also they would mention a comparatively higher salary. The job would look like a piece of cake for you but it is a honey trap.
Now A New Way
But this time they came up with a new trick which seems pretty much cerebral. This time Velpuri Pavithra was about to be victimized and the way of tricking is even more surprising.
A Cerebral One
Her story in her own words,
It has been two months since I put up an Ad on OLX mentioning that I would like to sell Desh’s stroller. Somehow, I didn’t find a customer who would pay anywhere close to what I had quoted. I had almost forgotten that the Ad was up as there was no activity on the Ad. A couple of days ago, I received message on the website’s chat messenger asking if it was still available. I replied saying it was still available and the person agreed to pay the quoted amount. I didn’t hear from him for a day. He called up this morning.
Failed to sell the perambulator on OLX, Pavithra received a message from a dude that stated he was Vishal. The dude agreed to buy the stroller and made an online payment of Rs.13500, while the selling price was Rs 3500. Another surprise was that Pavithra received the transaction message within 5 minutes and it was from a different number than usual.
He introduced himself as Vishal and told me that he likes the pram and wants to buy it. He asked why I was selling it for such a low price when the pictures are so impressive. I told him that there was no damage and it is in great condition. I suggested to him that it would be good if he came in person and checked the condition before agreeing to buy it. He said that he lives in Mumbai and he wants to buy it for her sister who lives in Pune and it is a surprise. (In my head, I went “How sweet of an uncle to do this to his niece/nephew”). He offered to make an online transfer to my account and said that his sister would come and collect it tomorrow. On asking for his mail id for sending the details, he asked if I could share my account details on WhatsApp. I did. Within 3 minutes of me sharing the details, I received an SMS from one of these 5 digit numbers (like 59444) saying my account has been credited with 13,500 while the money that had to be transferred was 3,500. I was not sure what was happening.
I pinged this person on WhatsApp to check what had happened. He said it was done by mistake. He portrayed as if it was a transfer that was intended to reach his mom and requested me to transfer 10K. He said it was urgent, he had to send it to his mom who was waiting at a hospital to pay the bill. When I asked for his account details, he asked if I could transfer through Paytm to his mom’s number.
I agreed though I sensed something was fishy. For a moment before I transferred, I wanted to check my account online and not trust the SMS. I found that there was no money transferred. I called my bank’s customer care to check if there is a possibility for such a quick transfer within three minutes. He asked me to check the transfer mode( NEFT or IMPS). In either of the cases, it would take at least 2 hours for a transfer to happen, is what the personnel informed. As I kept talking to the customer care, I kept receiving messages from Vishal saying it is urgent and his mom is waiting for the money. I told him that I didn’t receive the money. I called him up to tell that it would take two hours for the transfer to happen(even if he had transferred), check what he was up to, asked him which bank he transferred from etc. He said ICICI, figured that I was probing and hung up the call. I called him 3-4 times after that and his number was busy. It took me a while to digest that I was on the verge of getting tricked and the convoluted nature of the trick shook me quite a bit. Until I sat to key in this post, I kept giving myself that benefit of doubt that he does have a sister and he wants to buy the stroller for her baby and his mom isn’t in trouble. In the hindsight, it dawned on my mind that no bank would allow a transfer until at least half an hour after adding the beneficiary. Had it occurred to me when I received the credit SMS, I wouldn’t have fallen for that mom sentiment for 10 more minutes.
I received a call from him after two hours which I chose to ignore. Sent him a message on WA saying ‘I didn’t receive any money in my account. Hope you stop tricking people into traps like these. I really wish you had a sister and you wanted to buy it for her son/daughter. Also, I wish your mother doesn’t fall sick and stand in a hospital queue waiting for 10,000 rupees from you’
How much can one misuse technology, stoop to new lows, manipulate your emotions for quick bucks! I really wish he used his intelligence that he invested in creating an account on a portal, making seemingly genuine inquiries, faking bank SMS es, cooking up tales and sharing paytm details in something else and earned 10 rupees through honesty and hard work.
Here are the numbers that she received calls from and was asked to transfer money to.
Call :+91 9967957477
Paytm: +91 8948413565
No doubt vishal is out for another chase. Not only him there are more frauds than you we can count. Sharks are everywhere we just need know how to tell the real from the fakers. Let us take the story to everyone in order to educate them. There was one more case like this but that was related to bank we have shared. If you have any view or review about online frauds please share in the comment section.