Several cases of online fraud have come to light lately suggesting we can no more trust the numbers enlisted on Google. The recent in the line has been reported from Mumbai where a young man ended up losing Rs 25,000 after he dialed the BMC helpline number enlisted on Google to file complaint about stray dogs making nuisance in the society.
26-year-old Vinod Patel, a worker at garment company in Jogeshwari, told mid-day that several stray dogs near his company are a noisy nuisance.
“Intending to complain about them, I googled the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) helpline number for stray dogs and called on one of the numbers from the result on November 25. The person on the other side, posing as a BMC official, asked me to first pay a Rs 10 registration fee. The ‘official’ cited thousands of ‘fake calls’ behind the charging of the fee,” Patel said, as quoted in the reports.
“However, a few minutes later, I received an alert of Rs 25,000 being withdrawn from my bank account, which was linked to my Paytm account. The number received through SMS was actually an OTP used by the scammer to get the money,” he said.
The victim has made a complaint against the fraud at Jogeshwari police station. A case under Section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the IT Act has been registered.