Nuapada: Notwithstanding the precautions adopted by individuals to stay safe from cyber frauds, the scamsters are seemingly remaining one step ahead. A youth from Komna area of Nuapada district became the latest victim of the fraudster while trying to sell his bike online and lost Rs 1.21 lakh.
The youth, identified as Shahrukh Khan, lodged a complaint in this regard and further investigation is underway.
According to the complaint, Shahrukh had put up advertisements on the social media platform to sell his Royal Enfield bike. A caller, who identified himself as Ram Swarup and claimed to be an army officer, expressed interest to buy the bike.
Initially, the fraudster, transferred, Rs 5,000 to the bank account of the Shakrukh to win his confidence. Later, he sent a QR code to Shakrukh and asked him to scan the code to receive the remaining amount.
However, Shakrukh got shock of his life soon after scanning the QR code. Instead of receiving the remaining amount, Rs 1.21 lakh was debited from his bank account, he alleged.
"I had put up the advertisements on OLX and Facebook to sell my Royal Enfield bike. The caller said as he belonged to armed force, he possessed a different bank account. He sent a QR code and asked me to scan the code through the online payment app installed in my mobile phone," the complainant said.
"He asked me to wait 15 minutes to receive the full amount. However, I was shocked to find Rs 1.21 lakh was missing from my bank account," added the complainant.
Meanwhile, Nuapada SP Rahul Jain urged people not to share personnel details to stay safe.
"Cyber criminals are active now due to Covid-19 lockdown and shutdown and online offences are on the rise. I request all not to share personal banking information like bank details, ATM pin and OTP with anyone. Besides, do not click on unknown links," he said.
(Edited By Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)