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Beware: You can lose money while booking a cab

IamCheated.com Research Team | October 04, 2019  7:15:pm

App-based cab aggregators have really changed the way you commute. We used to rely on public transport and auto rickshaws to travel from one place to another. But, now things have changed. If you want to commute to any place, you normally book a cab using apps.

With the level of comfort these cab aggregators provide, people get addicted to them. If you book a cab using an app, the driver will come to your place, pick you up and drop you at the destination where you have mentioned. While a lot of people commute through app-based cab aggregators, frauds are also taking place. Recently, a woman from Maharashtra had lost Rs 1 Lakh while booking a cab.

Here is everything you need to know about the incident

Recently, a 25-year-old woman working as a teacher in a private college in Maharashtra was cheated of Rs 1 Lakh by cybercriminals while booking a cab via the popular cab aggregator using a mobile app. While she was trying to book a cab, she faced some technical issues. So, she wanted to call the customer care number to get the issues resolved.

As she did not know the customer care number; she searched for it on Google and called up the number which appeared on Google. Unfortunately, it was not the original customer care number. It was the number of fraudsters which was updated as the customer care number.

The person who picked up the call promised the victim he would book a cab to the required destination and sent her a link. She was asked to click on the link and share the Personal Identification Number (PIN) of the Unified Payments Interface (UPI), linked to her account. As soon as she shared these details, Rs 4,999 got debited from her bank account.

When she called up asking why Rs 4,999 got debited from her account, he responded saying it was a common issue faced by many customers and it will be resolved as soon as possible. After that, he gave her the phone number of the driver who would come to pick her up. But, the cab driver never arrived to pick her up. The shocking thing is a total of Rs 95,000 got debited from her bank account via multiple online transactions. Soon after this, she registered a complaint at the nearest police station.

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