Mumbai Woman Cheated of ₹1 Lakh While Purchasing ₹300 Lipstick
A recent incident in Mumbai has brought attention to the perils of online scams when a woman becomes a victim of a scheme after an apparently simple lipstick order transforms into a financial horror. On November 2, the victim, a doctor based in Navi Mumbai, initiated a purchase of lipstick with a value of ₹300 via a reputable electronic commerce platform. Nonetheless, the subsequent sequence of occurrences led to the depletion of ₹1 lakh from her bank account.
The woman received a text from the courier service asserting that her order had been delivered, despite the fact that she had not yet received the package, as reported by the media. She expeditiously contacted the courier company out of suspicion of adultery, only to receive a response stating that a customer service representative would be in touch with her.
The Fraudster’s Move
Following this, she was contacted by an individual who claimed that her order had been halted and that a mere ₹2 payment was required to continue. In support of the assertion, the caller furnished a hyperlink that directed the recipient to enter her banking information.
She followed the instructions and selected the provided link, which resulted in the installation of an application onto her mobile device, as she believed the call to be legitimate. The aforementioned apparently innocuous action served as the impetus for a sequence of illicit transactions.
Revealing the Fraud
Disturbing alerts issued on November 9th unveiled unauthorized deductions from her bank account totaling ₹95,000 and ₹5,000. Recognizing the seriousness of the circumstance, the victim expeditiously filed a formal complaint with the cyber police station in Nerul, extensively documenting the fraudulent activities.
Understanding the Scheme
It appears, upon closer inspection, that the woman was duped by a fraud scheme. Presumably posing as the courier company, the con artist informed the victim that further payment was necessary for the shipment to be processed. The naive payment of ₹2 served as the catalyst for the installation of a malevolent application, which gained unauthorized access to her confidential financial information.
About The Author:
Yogesh Naager is a content marketer who specializes in the cybersecurity and B2B space. Besides writing for the News4Hackers blog, he’s also written for brands including CollegeDunia, Utsav Fashion, and NASSCOM. Naager entered the field of content in an unusual way. He began his career as an insurance sales executive, where he developed an interest in simplifying difficult concepts. He also combines this interest with a love of narrative, which makes him a good writer in the cybersecurity field. In the bottom line, he frequently writes for Craw Security.
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