Pune: Hunger fuels crime, as senior citizen trying online food delivery duped
An 83-year-old woman from Pune’s Kothrud area trying to order food was duped
Pune: For the past few days, multiple cases of cyberfraud are on the rise in Pune. In a new trickery, fraudsters are putting out their names and numbers under the pretext of customer service representatives of different companies. In a shocking case, a senior citizen in Pune was duped while ordering food online.
An 83-year-old woman from Pune’s Kothrud area trying to order food from a renowned online food delivery service was duped by a number she found on an internet search engine. According to the police, the incident took place in December last year but the complaint was formally lodged recently.
WHAT IS THE EXACT CASE
The senior citizen residing in the Kothrud area wanted to order food from the food delivery application but did not know how to order it. Thus, she went to an internet search engine looking for a helpline number and allegedly found contact details. When she called the given number, a man answered received the call and persuaded bank account details from her under the pretext of helping her place to place an order.
According to police, the fraudster allegedly transferred Rs 9,999 from her account to an unidentified account. As soon as the woman came to know about the fraud, she rushed to the cyber cell where a primary investigation was conducted and the case was lodged at a local police station.
A case under Section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 66(c) and 66(d) of the Information Technology Act is registered at Kothrud Police Station. Police inspector Balasaheb Bade of Kothrud is probing the case further.
Meanwhile, police have appealed to people not to fall for any bait and check the official website of the service if want to connect with the representative. The cyber cell police have also appealed to people not to share any confidential details such as bank account number, ATM pin and password.