Housewife shares bank details for Thali deal and loses Rs 1 lakh

A 59-year-old Kandivali-based housewife was tricked by a cyber fraudster out of ₹1 lakh while ordering a thali from an online joint. The victim fell prey to the scam, in which the fraudster had uploaded an advertisement for a “buy one, get two free” offer onto plaques on Facebook. The fraudster then tricked the woman into revealing her bank details, which were used to transfer Rs 1 lakh.

According to the police, the incident took place on January 2, when the housewife came across a post on Facebook, in which it was announced, “Buy 1 Thali and get 2 Thali free on First Order”, as well as a mobile phone number to take advantage of the offer. Believing the offer, the woman clicked on the link and called the mobile number.

Soon after, the woman received a call from the scammer, in which she was asked to pay ₹10 for registration. Following this, the scammer sent her a link asking her to fill in her bank details, and she ended up filling in her credit card details. In no time, ₹49,760 was debited from his account.

Realizing she had lost the money, the housewife confronted the fraudster, who said there was a technical error and promised to refund the money, for which he asked her for details of a another credit card. Subsequently, after sharing the details again, the housewife losing another ₹49,760 was debited from her account.

After the second unauthorized transaction made from the account the housewife was convinced she had been duped, the woman approached Samta Nagar police station and filed a complaint. Following the woman’s complaint, a fraud and identity theft case was registered against the stranger under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act.

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Posted: Wednesday April 13th 2022, 8:41 PM IST

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