Bengaluru Techie Orders Pizza on App, Ends up Losing ₹ 95K in Online Scam

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https://www.news18.com/amp/news/buzz/bengaluru-...


A city techie was left poorer by Rs 95,000 as he fell victim to online fraudsters after ordering a pizza, leaving a bad aftertaste in his mouth.

N.V. Sheikh of Bengaluru’s Koramangala used a food delivery app on his smartphone to order a pizza on December 1 afternoon, The News Minute reported.

After the meal was not delivered even an hour after the order was placed, he looked for the customer care service of the food mart. When he called up, he was reportedly told by the man on the other end that the order was not being accepted by eateries and that a refund would be made.

The man allegedly told Sheikh that he would receive a phone message, and his refund request would be processed once he clicked on a link provided therein.

Madiwala Police said that when Sheikh did as directed, he became a victim of phishing. The fraudsters accessed his bank account details, and left him poorer by Rs 95,000 within minutes.

Sheikh filed a complaint with the Madiwala Police who are now investigating the matter. The victim was said to be saving the money for his mother’s cancer treatment.

A spokesperson of the food delivery company said that it did not have a calling service for customer care but only chat and email.

“While we make all efforts to ensure customer safety and security, we urge our customers to be vigilant and not share personal or bank account details with anyone,” the spokesperson was quoted by the news report.

In November, another Bengaluru resident had lost around Rs 85,000 in a payment app scam.

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Now I understand why I get this SMS daily-

You are requested not to click on unknown Website links received through SMS/Email. This may lead to download of virus resulting in theft of personal information, banking scam etc. Issued by Department of Telecommunications in public interest.

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“Techie” laughing Hope such “techies” are not handling important tasks in critical sectors else Pakistan/China/others will be downloading all the data they want without firing a single shot.

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After making payment thru google pay on ola, I always rcv a call and I get chance to abuse fraudster. Such a nice offer without any tncs

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Does anyone here know what exactly happens when any user clicks on such link?
I understand if it asks you to download an app from play store that accesses remotely, then that’s risk. Are there other ways clicking such links would cause data compromise?

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PabloEscobar wrote:

After making payment thru google pay on ola, I always rcv a call and I get chance to abuse fraudster. Such a nice offer without any tncs

Any idea how these fraudsters get details of your transaction?

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cocay wrote:

Does anyone here know what exactly happens when any user clicks on such link?
I understand if it asks you to download an app from play store that accesses remotely, then that’s risk. Are there other ways clicking such links would cause data compromise?

May Be That Link Asked To Enter Details For Refund Which Made The Fraudster’s Task Easy To Scam Him

Or May Be Money Request Links

Can Be Anything…Just Try To Figure Out.

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No idea bro, I reported about this to google pay but no help

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PabloEscobar wrote:

No idea bro, I reported about this to google pay but no help

Have you tried this(just ask for “request” from their gpay id & then report it as spam):
https://cdn0.desidime.com/attachments/photos/597619/medium/6307990Google-Pay_Stranger-and-warning.jpg?1575635040

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This is the reality of 75% of India’s so-called “techies”.
They don’t have an ounce of common sense or knowledge in their brains.

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G-Gowda wrote:

This is the reality of 75% of India’s so-called “techies”.
They don’t have an ounce of common sense or knowledge in their brains.

It’s a design flaw in the app. Stop blaming end users for everything.

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cocay wrote:

It’s a design flaw in the app. Stop blaming end users for everything.

What he said was true.
People lack common sense now a days

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sharmajikaladkahu wrote:

What he said was true.
People lack common sense now a days

That’s precisely what I’m saying, people lack common sense and blame end users for everything.

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On one hand i wonder how is he a techie when someone can fool him in such a simple trap, but on the other hand i feel sad that this money was for his mother’s cancer treatment.

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cocay wrote:

That’s precisely what I’m saying, people lack common sense and blame end users for everything.

Exactly, million users of a food app and if food app has a design flaw, everybody would’ve been scammed not handful person.
Quite a common sense.

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The similar method being followed by many scammers now a days . They list their number as zamoato,uber,ola,swiggy etc, on some websites , when someone search" Zomato customer care number " the scammers numbers comes at top of search results on Google , then they trick the customer who asked for refund or payment .

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cocay wrote:

Does anyone here know what exactly happens when any user clicks on such link?
I understand if it asks you to download an app from play store that accesses remotely, then that’s risk. Are there other ways clicking such links would cause data compromise?

Fraudsters are sending short end e.g. bitly which contains a bharat qr code inform of url. And this intent qr url invokes all exiting upi enable available app on mobile.

So directly user land on upi pin page, and once he entere his 4 digit upi pin, the qr code / url mentioned ammount will transferred from his account to fraudster account. This is just a way, a lot of other is also in fashion.

#awarewness @rogerthat

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cocay wrote:

It’s a design flaw in the app. Stop blaming end users for everything.

You must read the article again if you think so.

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cocay wrote:

It’s a design flaw in the app. Stop blaming end users for everything.

Its not design flow.

Problem ye hai ki design itna easy ki pata hi nahi chalta kab aapka kat gaya

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titamazon wrote:

Fraudsters are sending short end e.g. bitly which contains a bharat qr code inform of url. And this intent qr url invokes all exiting upi enable available app on mobile.

So directly user land on upi pin page, and once he entere his 4 digit upi pin, the qr code / url mentioned ammount will transferred from his account to fraudster account. This is just a way, a lot of other is also in fashion.

#awarewness @rogerthat

This seems true..

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