In this digital world, all of us are comfortable with modern technology. With Ecom Websites, Credit card, Debit card, online transactions we could buy anything or sell everything in just minutes without even going out. It is shocking that the same technology is being used by fraudsters to cheat online users. We have heard of many online frauds happening in India and abroad. Couple of days back a Pune lady narrowly escaped a fraud when she wanted to sell Baby Stroller OLX.com
Message from the Buyer
Couple of months back Velpuri Pavithra, a Pune resident posted details about her old stroller and she demanded Rs.3,500 for the same. There was no enquiry for the stroller she posted. Couple of days back, she got a message from a buyer, who introduced himself as Vishal. Pavithra was excited and told the guy to check the product personally. But Vishal refused as he is in different city and he is enquiring for his sister who is in Pune. He said that once the deal is over, his sister will come and collect the product. Pavithra accepted for the deal.
The buyer requested Pavithra to send her Bank account details, and pavithra shared it to the buyer. Within few minutes, Pavithra got an SMS saying that the amount got credited in her account. Pavithra was confused as the message received from a from a 5-digit number 59444 read ‘Your HDFC Back A/C No….. is Credited with INR Rs.13, 500’. Pavithra informed the buyer and asked ‘why he has transferred Rs.13,500 instead of Rs.3,500. The buyer replied that by mistake he has transferred additional Rs.10,000 and he told that he was supposed to transfer it to his mother as she is in Hospital. The buyer suggested her to transfer the amount Rs.10,000 to his PayTM Account and gave PayTM account details.
Seller had doubt over Buyer
Pavithra was about to transfer the amount, but her inner mind had some doubt as the buyer was urging her to transfer the amount immediately. So she checked her Bank account and found that there was no such transfer. She called her Bank support and found that both NEFT or IMPS transfers take at least 2 hours to happen and not possible in few minutes. And in this case, as the buyer has to add new beneficiary, approval of new beneficiary will take few hours. Pavithra understood that somehow she managed to escape from an online scam. She ignored further call or message from the buyer and raised a complaint to OLX. In reply to her complaint, OLX replied that the particular buyers account was blocked immediately.
Pavithra shared screen shot of the Whatsapp chats she had with him to warn people so that others will not get trapped.