Mumbai: Khar businessman loses Rs 65,000 while trying to order pizza online | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: A Khar-based businessman lost Rs 65,500 from his credit card in an online fraud while trying to place an online order for a pizza (worth around Rs 450) on a contact number that he came across during an internet search on July 12.
Victim Manish Goswami (59) found that he is been duped only when the Citibank executive called on his number and inquired whether he has carried out any back-to-back online fund transfer for any online purchase.
Goswami filed the complaint with the Khar police station on the instructions given by the bank.
The incident occurred at around 7 pm on July 12 when Goswami planned to order a pizza. “Goswami has fallen victim to the common modus operandi where the scamster has added their contact number with the contact details of Francesco’s Pizzeria online (who are unaware about the misuse). We have sought details from the bank to get to know the internet protocol to track the scamster involved in the fraud,” said a police officer from the Khar police station.
Goswami declined to divulge information when called on Saturday.
In the complaint, Goswami said, “I came across Francesco’s Pizzeria contact number while doing an internet search. The person who attended my call told me that I will receive a call from another number and the person introduced himself as Vijay who told me to share the OTP after I was asked to complete the form that opened after clicking on a link that he has sent. Soon multiple fraudulent transactions were done through my card. The fraud stopped after the bank took immediate action.”
Meanwhile, in the second case, Powai resident Pradeep Prabhakar (45) lost Rs 74,200 on July 14 while trying to place an online breakfast order for Rs 350. In this case, Prabhakar downloaded an app ‘Spring SMS’ that led to the fraud.
“The app is a remote access application that gets access to the victims’ mobile or laptop or system once downloaded. The scamster then takes control of the system and use it to carry out the fraud, said a Powai police officer.

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