Swindlers utilizing OLX to dupe residents of Jalandhar : The Tribune India


Avneet Kaur

Jalandhar, June 29

4 days in the past, Jalandhar-based resident Pooja Aggarwal (title modified), noticed an commercial for a used Honda Activa on OLX. It was coming low-cost at Rs25,000 (negotiable) and the individual, who had posted it, beneath the title of Sahil Kumar, claimed to be from the Indian Military posted at Jalandhar Cantt.

Our agency has been working carefully with cyber cells of assorted states and there was a spurt in such incidents and some instances have been reported from Ludhiana and Mohali as nicely. A correct mechanism is being adopted — from forging paperwork, to creating faux OLX profiles to tele-calling. Folks should keep away from making any advance funds. They need to pay solely once they obtain and study the product in hand. — Palvinder Singh, CEO, founder, Secuneus Applied sciences, who offers in cyber safety

Pooja contacted Sahil on the quantity 7735454968, which she took from his OLX profile and he informed her that he wished to promote the scooter as quickly as doable, as he was being transferred out of Jalandhar. He additionally despatched an image of the scooter, his ‘ID card’ and different paperwork to authenticate his credibility (snapshots of his OLX profile, chat, and paperwork are in possession of The Tribune).

Satisfied by his image in uniform, Pooja agreed to purchase the scooter and Sahil requested her to pay Rs3,000 as ‘safety deposit’ and guaranteed her that after he receives the safety quantity, he would courier the scooter to Pooja’s residence inside an hour.

Pooja agreed to this and made a cost of Rs3,000 through Google Pay. On receiving the quantity, Sahil, through WhatsApp, despatched a photograph of the receipt of Rs3,000 to her. The receipt was issued beneath the title ‘Veer Bharat Senani’ and call quantity which has been talked about above and an extra supply boy’s quantity — 7988597960 — have been printed on it, together with different particulars of the sender.

Later Sahil, on the pretext that safety quantity has been elevated by the Military wing, once more requested for Rs2,000 from Pooja, and mentioned if she fails to deposit that quantity, she would lose her Rs3,000 as nicely. Likewise, each Sahil and the “supply boy” saved doing so and duped her of Rs20,000 ultimately.

In the meantime, when Pooja realised that this was no real deal, she threatened that she would report it to the police. Nonetheless, what got here as extra stunning was that the “supply boy” in reply requested her if she required any assist in reporting to the police. He mentioned irrespective of whom she studies, their id would by no means be revealed.

In yet one more incident, Chetan Saluja, a photographer from the town, encountered an identical incident 10 days in the past, whereby an individual imposing as an Air Drive officer posted an commercial promoting knowledgeable digicam for Rs32,500 solely. Nonetheless, his smartness on the time of creating the deal saved him from turning into a prey to those fraudsters. He simply misplaced Rs500 and shortly discovered that the individual within the ID was an imposter.

When contacted, Palvinder Singh, CEO and founding father of Secuneus Applied sciences, which offers in cyber safety, mentioned: “These OLX frauds have been first reported in Rajasthan and Odisha amongst different states and some gangs concerned on this have been additionally busted. However, it appears it’s an enormous racket involving tons of of individuals from throughout the nation.”

In the meantime, in-charge, cyber crime cell, Jalandhar, Monika, mentioned: “Such OLX frauds have been happening since lengthy. Two years again, there have been quite a few complaints concerning this. We additionally busted a couple of individuals concerned on this crime, however just lately no such complaints have been obtained. Folks should stay alert.”


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