OLX scams on the rise once more in Tamil Nadu, clients fall prey to pretend ‘military males’


The modus operandi includes a conman posing as a military officer desirous to promote his two wheeler or automobile on the classifieds market.

On August 26, 39-year-old Kumar, a resident of Chennai made a vital buy on-line. After months of struggling to succeed in his office, he determined to purchase a motorcycle in order that he may journey with out relying on public transport and needn’t be on the mercy of his mates and kinfolk. He managed Rs.25,000 from his financial savings and transferred the cash by way of Google pay to an ‘military officer’ in Pallavaram, whom he had contacted by way of OLX, an internet classifieds market.

“The officer had stated that he was being transferred to New Delhi from the Pallavaram military camp the place he was presently in and needed to promote his Honda Activa bike. It was my uncle who spoke to him, as he solely communicated in Hindi,” says Kumar, who works as a automobile driver. “He claimed to be working within the military for 5 years and even despatched an identification card as proof,” he provides.

The ‘officer’ informed Kumar to pay him first and claimed that proof of fee could be required for him to ship the bike.

“Once I stated I’ll come acquire the bike myself, he stated I will not be allowed into the camp space. So I made the fee,” says Kumar. “However as quickly as I despatched the cash, he informed me to ship Rs.9000 extra. That’s after I started to grasp that I used to be being cheated,” he laments.

Kumar had been tricked by an ongoing rip-off that’s rampant on OLX. In what has now turn into a recurring theme, the place con artists from different states use pretend identification playing cards to pose as military officers and trick unsuspecting patrons into paying them cash.. In accordance with the Cyber crime cell, there have been 100 such complaints in Tamil Nadu, since January this yr. However a report within the New Indian specific means that this variety of such incidents could possibly be as excessive as 100 instances in simply 45 days.

Talking to TNM, an official from the Cyber Crime division explains that following the arrest of two individuals concerned on this rip-off in Rajasthan, the incidets had diminished.

“For about two months, in March and April, we did not obtain too many instances. However there was a spurt in such pretend gross sales since July once more,” says the official. “The problem right here is that clients use functions akin to Google Pay or PayTM, so now we have solely the cellphone numbers of the accused. This makes it tough to trace them down. However now we have nonetheless bunched a number of petitions collectively and are investigating the matter,” he provides.The cyber crime police aren’t new to such instances, however level out that solely consciousness will help deal with this crime.

“We’ve got requested OLX to confirm the accounts placing gadgets on the market. However they’ve made it clear from their finish that they can’t filter customers and individually confirm. In such a state of affairs, our solely resort is to unfold consciousness. OLX has put out warnings on its website and now we have additionally given clear messages about these sorts of scams. Individuals should be cautious, there isn’t any different go,” says the official. “We’re additionally making efforts to nab the culprits, however it’s a difficult and time consuming course of.”

Additionally learn: Duping patrons throughout India by posing as military officers on OLX: TN cops crack rip-off




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