Online scam: Congress leader loses 44k

UDAYAVANI, 22-02-2019 11:20:02

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Online scam: Congress leader loses 44k

Uppinangady: In an attempt to change the bus ticket day online, Puttur taluk youth Congress president U T Mohammed Tauseef lost Rs 44,000 from his account.

He was in Pune in because of some function and received information that he must immediately come to Bengaluru for an emergency meeting. Later, he contacted the concerned agency through online and asked them to cancel the bus ticket to Mangaluru and instead book a ticket to Bengaluru. Then he was informed that the process for changing the bus ticket must happen through his bank account itself and was also informed to provide the OTP he did receive. As soon as the OTP was provided, Rs 44,000 were withdrawn from the leaders account in 2 installments.

Online scammers are cheating internet uses by creating a bogus website and redirecting the user to this website even before reaching the actually website. They then ask for the user’s bank account and the OTP. In this incident, the mistake was made by providing the OTP. Without the OTP the scammer cannot withdraw the money.

A complaint has been filed in this connection with Uppinangady police station.

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