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Rashmi Rekha Das

A case of online fraud has come to light from Berhampur where a man was duped of Rs 1.27 lakh by fraudsters while trying to buy a T-shirt online. 

According to sources, the victim has been identified as Lakhmi Narayan Panda, a resident of Khoda Singh Ramkrushna Nagar, Berhampur. Last month Panda, a banker, ordered a shirt from an e-commerce site known as formal button.com. On May 18, he received his order from Blue Dirt. However, it was not the shirt he had ordered. 

As Panda did not get the shirt he had ordered, he went for searching the customer care number of that e-commerce site to return the order. Finally, he got the number, but his call got unanswered on the first day. The next day, he got a call from the customer care number. The custom care agent asked Panda to download anydesk app. 

When Panda downloaded the app, the customer care agent took the credentials from the victim and siphoned off Rs 1.27 lakh from his bank account. However, Panda did not realize he was duped instantly. The fraud came to the fore after a few days when Panda verified his account and found his accounts having zero balance. 

Panda said, “When I did not get the right order, I got customer service helpline number of the e-commerce site from Google. I approached the agent to return my money and the agent also agreed. When I failed to get back my money, the agent attributed it to technical error and asked me to download anydesk app to create an id. I also did that and then the agent asked me to send a message to him. Using this id, the agent hacked all my account and siphoned off Rs1.27 lakh.”

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