E-shop­per shares Aad­haar data, loses ₹ 1k

Sr Cit­i­zen Says Fraud­ster Had Info Of His Pur­chases On Fash­ion Site

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Ni­tasha.Natu@ times­group.com

Mumbai: A se­nior cit­i­zen who had e-shopped from a fash­ion por­tal last month did not think twice be­fore part­ing with money when he got a call pur­port­edly from a com­pany rep­re­sen­ta­tive with a tempt­ing of­fer. He also gave away his Aad­haar de­tails and OTP only to find out later that he had been duped of Rs11,000. A cheat­ing case has been reg­is­tered at MIDC po­lice sta­tion.

The sex­a­ge­nar­ian is a Ban­dra res­i­dent. On Satur­day, he was at his son’s of­fice in And­heri when he got a call. “The caller said he was a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Jabong. He was aware of an Adi­das shoe pur­chase that I had made from the e-com­merce por­tal with de­tails of the date of shop­ping and amount. I had no rea­son to not trust him. He then made an of­fer that if I made a fresh pur­chase of Rs 11,000 from the fash­ion por­tal, I’d get an ex­pen­sive gift. I asked him to send me de­tails. He texted me a list of five ex­pen­sive prod­ucts of which I could choose one gift,” the se­nior cit­i­zen said. He se­lected an iPhone7 from the por­tal and sent a screen­shot of the prod­uct to the caller.

“I got a call again and was told to pay for my fresh pur­chase only through the dig­i­tal wal­let, PayTM. The caller said I would get a 40% cash­back if I did so. I paid Rs 11,000 but there was no cash­back. For an hour there­after, the caller kept me on phone. My Aad­haar num­ber was sought to send me the iP- hone7. I shared it and also the OTP I got on phone,” the se­nior cit­i­zen said.

The phone calls wouldn’t cease un­til evening. “The caller wanted me to pay Rs 10,000 more as GST on the iPhone7. This time, I got in touch with the cus­tomer care on phone. But the ex­ec­u­tive said no such of­fer ex­isted. When I asked how the con­man pro­cured de­tails of my pur­chase on Jabong, the ex­ec­u­tive said their sys­tem might have been hacked,” the se­nior cit­i­zen said.

He com­plained to PayTM and de­manded a re­fund. In an email, PayTM said the money trans­fer was ap­proved as Aad­haar and OTP de­tails were shared. The money had gone to an Al­la­habad Bank ac­count in Ben­gal and could not be re­funded.

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