Mumbai: 74-year-old actor tries to order alcohol online, tricked into Rs 3 lakh
A 74-year-old actor, who has worked on popular Hindi TV shows, was allegedly duped for Rs 3 lakh by a cyber crook posing as a wine shop employee.
According to the actor’s complaint to the Shivaji Park police station, she was to organize a party for her nephew who was getting married in Pune. She wanted to give him a bottle of Amrut whiskey as a gift. âI went on Google to find wine merchant numbers and got two cell phone numbers,â she told police.
She called the number and paid Rs 4,800 for the whiskey but did not receive the delivery. She called the number back and asked for a refund. But the fraudster told him that for any refund, it was mandatory to register online with the wine merchant in accordance with government rules.
He took his debit card details and generated a one-time password (OTP) which was received by the actor. Shortly after sharing the OTP, believing it to be part of the refund process, several transactions took place and money was transferred from his account.
The fraudster then said there was a problem with his debit card and asked him to give his credit card details. The actor shared the details as well as the OTP, after which further transactions took place. In all, she lost Rs 3.05 lakh. The woman told police that she had called the accused several
times, but he didn’t pick up and then turned his phone off.