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Cybercriminal poses as travel agent, dupes Mumbai woman of ₹25,000

Mumbai city news: After the woman transferred the money, she was told she would be sent the tickets via email. When she didn’t receive the tickets, she called on the number again, and a woman told her she had been duped.

mumbai Updated: Jun 30, 2017 13:29 IST
Jayprakash S Naidu
Jayprakash S Naidu
Hindustan Times
The woman had recieved an SMS offering a discounted holiday in Goa.
The woman had recieved an SMS offering a discounted holiday in Goa.(Picture for representation)

A cybercriminal in Mumbai used a combination of phishing and vishing to dupe a woman from Bandra of Rs24,999 by sending her an SMS, a forged email and making a couple of fraudulent phone calls luring her with a holiday in Goa with her family.

The woman, in her 30’s, works in the marketing department of a newspaper. On June 8, while she was at work, she received an SMS on her phone from an unknown number offering her a three-day stay in Goa. The SMS mentioned the name of a tours and travel agency and the phone number of one Praneet.

The woman called on the number, where ‘Praneet’ picked up and gave her all necessary details about two Goa resorts and prices. He also took her email address and sent her two emails with information on the resorts and the package. The woman said the email had beautiful pictures of the resort.

The woman then consulted with her husband and decided to take up the discounted offer. Praneet had given her the contact number of his boss Yogesh. When she called on the number, one Yogesh picked up, who posed as the owner of the Goa resort.

The woman on June 9 transferred Rs24,999 in the account given to her. She booked three tickets and a three-day stay in the resort from June 23 to June 26. She was told that they will send her the tickets by June 21.

When she did not receive her tickets, she called them again, but their phones were switched off. On June 22, she again called on one of the numbers, where a woman picked up and told her that she had been duped. The woman then rushed to the local police and registered a First Information Report (FIR) with them.

“The woman should not have made an advance payment without meeting the person. We are going through the call records and tracing the email address used by the fraudsters. We will take help from the cyber police as well. The possibility of the accused duping more people using the same modus operandi cannot be ruled out,” said a police official requesting anonymity.

First Published: Jun 30, 2017 10:38 IST

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