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Helpline fraud; city based man lost Rs 92,000 searching a number online

Hubballi: If you frequently search for phone numbers for different services or to find a helpline on the internet, then you should be careful before dialling the number displayed by the search engine as your call may connect fraudsters.

Cancelling an order he placed on an e-commerce site turned costly for a 68-year-old man from the city’s Forest Colony Rajnagar, who lost Rs 92,000 to the online tricksters, said Cyber Crime Police.

The police said the man had placed an order for slippers by logging into an e-commerce site, but he decided to cancel the order, and when the amount of the cancelled order was not refunded, he searched for the customer care number of the company, and he found a number on the search engine. He dialled the number and an unknown man who received the call claimed himself as the bank executive and said he would help him to get his cash refunded.

The victim provided his bank details and debit card number and was asked to download the anydesk app on his mobile. After the download of the app, the fraudster asked him to provide the remote desk ID to facilitate the transfer of the amount, and the victim provided the same. The cheater, with the help of that app, transferred the money from the victim’s bank account and the victim came to know about it later.

The victim has registered a case with the cybercrime police.

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