27-year-old Ram (name changed) works as a doctor at KEM Hospital in Mumbai. As it was a weekend, he decided to go to Karjat, a tourist place near Mumbai, on July 8 with his colleagues. He thought it would be better to eat hot samosas in cold weather. He collected the hotel’s phone number online, hoping that the samosas would be good at the Guru Krupa Hotel he knew. Then he called and ordered 25 plates of samosas.
When the doctor called and ordered the samosas, the person who picked up the phone said, “Give me Rs. 1500 in advance, sir.” After that they sent a message to come and take 25 plates of samosas at 1 pm. Another message was given that here are our bank details for you to send money. Then another person called from the hotel. He asked the doctor to create a transaction ID for you sir.. Open the Google Pay app.
He said, ‘Have you opened the app? Now enter the number 28807. Then add Guru Kripa in the notes tab.’ After doing that, Rs. 28,807 was deducted from the Axis Bank account linked to the Google Pay app. When he told the same thing to the person who called him.. no problem sir.. do as I said.. your money will be returned to you. The doctor who believed his words did as he said once again and lost Rs.50 thousand. After that, Rs.19,991 and Rs.40 thousand also disappeared from the victim’s account. Realizing that he was cheated, the doctor approached the police.
Don’t make such mistakes..
The lesson that this doctor’s cheating incident teaches us is that the hotels and customer care numbers we search on Google may not be correct. Remember that cyber fraudsters.. put their numbers online and try to cheat us. Another important thing is that if someone calls you and tells you to do this in apps like Google Pay or Phone Pay, don’t blindly believe it. Is the other person ‘requesting’ money from us in Google Pay? sent to us Double check that. Do not share OTPs with anyone under any circumstances. If there is any doubt, immediately cut the call and report to the police.