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Beware! You might lose your money to Courier scam

Thursday, January 23, 2020, 5:58 PM

Beware! You might lose your money to Courier scam

Beware! You might lose your money to Courier scam The World is full of frauds and fraudsters. Fraudsters try to cheat people and make money at almo ...

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Beware! You might lose your money while adopting pets online

Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 5:43 PM

Beware! You might lose your money while adopting pets online

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Online sexual exploitation cases rise, card fraud dips

Saturday, January 11, 2020, 9:33 PM

Online sexual exploitation cases rise, card fraud dips

Cases of sexual exploitation online rose 33.1% while card frauds dipped 21.7% in cybercrimes registered in the city in 2018 as compared to the year before, an analysis of the latest NCRB data shows. Overall, cyber offences climbed by 8.1% from 1,362 in 2017 to 1,482 in 2018 in Mumbai, meaning it had the second most cases (after Bengaluru with 5,253), but when it came to the crime rate (offences per lakh of population) it dropped to fifth position among cities, said the National Crime Records Bureau report for 2018. Analysis of the cases filed in the city showed 305 cases of sexual harassment were registered in 2018 against 204 in 2017 - the maximum in the country by a long margin - and card fraud cases fell from 446 in 2017 to 349. Overall, cases of fraud rose marginally from 864 in 2017 to 892 in 2018.

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Man lost Rs 1 lakh during transactions on Paytm, Google Pay

Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 6:15 PM

Man lost Rs 1 lakh during transactions on Paytm, Google Pay

A Thane resident lost more than Rs 1 lakh while transacting on popular payment gateways Paytm and Google Pay. The victim wanted to sell his furniture and posted an ad on Facebook. Two days later he received a call from a person who offered to buy the furniture and wanted to transfer the amount through payment gateways — Paytm and Google Pay. Instead of sending money, the fraudster requests money from the victim. The Fraudster requested for money on Paytm instead of sending it to the victim. Later scamster agreed to refund the money via Google Pay claiming that the transaction was a mistake. The scammer requested the same amount again on Google Pay and the victim lost money again.

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Pune cyber crime police see spurt in cases of UPI-based payment frauds

Thursday, January 2, 2020, 7:28 PM

Pune cyber crime police see spurt in cases of UPI-based payment frauds

The cybercrime police of Pune have seen a spurt in the number of cases involving homegrown method of Unified Payment Interface (UPI)-based payments in the city. While there are multiple ways deployed to dupe gullible users, the problem arises especially with platforms that provide an option to generate payment requests. UPI-based payment options Google Pay and PhonePe are extremely popular in the country. The facility of generating payment requests on a few UPI platforms is being used by fraudsters to cheat victims, say officials of the Pune city cyber police. In four cases, one of the above-mentioned two UPI-based payment options, was used as a mode of committing fraud after convincing the victim to download the application for smoother transactions. In all four cases, the victims had registered a household item for sale on an e-commerce platform.

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Chief conservator of forest lost Rs 60,000 to online fraud

Thursday, December 26, 2019, 6:15 PM

Chief conservator of forest lost Rs 60,000 to online fraud

A 50-year-old Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer was cheated of Rs 60,000 by an online fraudster. The victim had received a message on his mobile phone, stating that his bank account has been temporarily suspended. The victim told police that a fraudster, following the message, got access to his mobile number, Aadhaar number, and other details. He further said that finally, the fraudster linked a Paytm account to his Aadhar and mobile number. Following this, the fraudster withdrew a total of Rs 60,000 in three transactions of Rs 48,000, Rs 10,000 and Rs 2,000 from his State Bank of India (SBI) account.

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A businessman from Bengaluru loses Rs 1.4 crore to fake online deal

Saturday, December 21, 2019, 4:37 PM

A businessman from Bengaluru loses Rs 1.4 crore to fake online deal

Falling for an offer to sell herbal medicine by a fake international company, a businessman from Bengaluru lost Rs 1.4 crore he paid to fraudster he met on the internet. The fraudster had come into contact with the accused Scott Coffy through LinkedIn. On request from the accused to share the business details, he shared his email and received a proposal offering him a position of being a vendor with Bright Life pharmaceuticals to sell herbal medicines for cancer research. He later received a mail from another accused Jordon that he had been appointed as a vendor. On October 9, the accused asked him to contact Sunita Sharma to collect the herbal medicines. Muralidhara spoke to Sunita and sent an email. The accused asked him to wire Rs 1.48 crore to four accounts in three banks. The money, they said, was for the purchase of the medicines. But the accused were not reachable after receiving the money.

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An 84-year-old man lost Rs 17 lakh to KYC fraud

Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 6:10 PM

An 84-year-old man lost Rs 17 lakh to KYC fraud

An 84-year-old man from was cheated of Rs 17 lakh by fraudsters after collecting his user id and password, on the pretext of verifying his KYC details. The victim got a call from a person who claimed as an official from the bank. The person on the call asked the victim to reveal his bank details to update his KYC information. First, he refused saying he would personally go to the bank and do it. But, the caller told that this is a special service introduced to help elderly people. While the fraudster was still on the call the victim received 2 OTP's which he shared with the caller. The call nearly lasted for 90 minutes. The next day when he checked his bank account he got to know that Rs 17 lakh was deducted.

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Mumbai man loses Rs 6 lakh while buying a car online

Monday, December 16, 2019, 6:01 PM

Mumbai man loses Rs 6 lakh while buying a car online

A resident of Mumbai lost Rs 6 lakh to a fraudster who asked him to share his OTP for the online transactions under the pretext of selling him an SUV. The accused who was posing as a CRPF personnel had posted an advertisement on a popular portal to sell an SUV. When the victim contacted the accused, the latter sent him his photographs in uniform and an "identity card" to gain his trust. The fraudster then asked the victim to send Rs 100 to his Paytm account. After some time he called up the victim and asked him to share the OTP for the transaction saying that there was some mistake in the transfer of money. As soon as OTP was shared Rs 6 lakh was debited from his bank account.

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65-year-old man loses Rs 74 Lakhs to dating scam

Friday, December 13, 2019, 7:13 PM

65-year-old man loses Rs 74 Lakhs to dating scam

A 65-year-old man from Mumbai was cheated of Rs 74 Lakhs, after fraudsters made him take up membership of a dating site. The victim was offered membership of Locanto Dating Services and Speed dating and claimed that they offer girls for dates at a location chosen by the member. After taking up the membership, he wanted to cancel it. When he called up to make a cancellation, he was asked for a huge cancellation fee. Fraudsters demanded that he pay up to avoid landing in a legal mess. They made the victim transfer Rs 73.5 Lakhs to several accounts. The victim agreed to the transfer, fearing he would be defamed.

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