People fall for various online scams, but the most recent one is the delivery of whiskey to their doorstep, which never happens and the victim loses their hard-earned money.
According to news reports, a 32-year-old Gurgaon-based woman decided to trust an online delivery service to buy whiskey worth thousands, but was instead duped into losing over Rs 30,000. According to the report, the fraudsters are operating from Bharatpur in Rajasthan. The complaint about the scam was filed on October 10, but the official FIR was registered only a few days ago.
So how does one get scammed by buying whiskey online, you ask?
The news report claims that the victim searched online for liquor delivery services in his city and found one that was willing to deliver the brand he wanted if he paid them in advance through UPI. The police complaint said the victim paid Rs 3,000 for a bottle of Glenfiddich which did not look suspicious at all. However, the victim received another call asking for more money for shipping.
The scammer asked the victim to send 5 rupees so that he can cancel his order. Interestingly, the victim’s money was deducted and credited to his account, but he gets another message warning him that his bank account has been debited with Rs 29,986 by fraudsters.
It is likely that the scammers obtained personal information that helped them withdraw money from his account. Such incidents have become more and more common and scammers seem to have a good understanding of their targets and how to work with them. The woman applied for liquor delivery services online and they used that information to scam her.
How to avoid falling for online scams
– Never trust phone numbers displayed on Google. Always check if the number is genuine and not fake.
– Never send money to unknown callers or messages and do not share confidential information like bank account number or mobile OTPs with unknown callers.
– Always make sure you don’t click on links sent by unknown contacts in messages or e-mails