KASARGOD: Scratch and get duped. On-line fraudsters have provide you with one other modus operandi to swindle cash from unsuspecting individuals. As an alternative of creating the fraudulent cellphone name first, they’re couriering a scratch-and-win card to the homes of potential victims as bait. In Kasaragod, their newest goal was Purushothaman, a reporter with Jai Hind TV channel.
Final week, the postman delivered a package deal to his house in Adoor in Delampady panchayat on the border of Karnataka. The envelope had a multi-colored scratch card and two letters from Naaptol, an internet retailer. One letterhead had the State emblem and Ministry of Finance printed on it.
The letter in block letters and riddled with grammatical and spelling errors mentioned Purushothaman had received the primary prize — a KIA Seltos — as a part of Naaptol’s Twelfth-anniversary celebration. However the second letter requested him to scratch the cardboard and name a WhatsApp quantity if he had received any reward. “After I scratched the cardboard, it was certainly KIA Seltos,” mentioned Purushothaman.
As instructed, he gave a name to the WhatsApp quantity. The purported Naaptol govt informed Purushothaman that he had an choice to take the automotive or encash the prize.
“If I’ve to take the automotive, I must deposit Rs 25,600 in Naaptol’s account and if I want Rs 14.8 lakh in money, I must pay one per cent of the quantity. I believed I’ll take the automotive,” he mentioned. The chief gave him a day’s time to consider it.
Purushothaman mentioned he was not shocked to obtain one other courier from Naaptol as he had purchased a water tank cleaner from Naaptol an 12 months in the past which was delivered to his home.
“Nonetheless, once I learnt I had received a automotive, it was fairly unbelievable,” he mentioned. The journalist then logged onto the corporate web site within the night time. He realised there was no point out of the Twelfth anniversary or a ‘scratch and win’ contest. The following day, the chief known as him.
“He requested me to deposit Rs 25,800 in his checking account in order that Naaptol might dispatch the automotive. I mentioned I’ll come to Mumbai will the household to obtain the automotive,” he mentioned.
Although the chief had initially agreed, he known as the subsequent day and requested Purushothaman to name off the journey due to the pandemic. As an alternative, he requested him to take the money by depositing Rs 14,800 within the account. Purushothaman informed the chief he wouldn’t journey and the money can be delivered by his buddy in Mumbai.
“My buddy went to Naaptol however the govt didn’t flip up for 3 days. Later, my buddy came upon the caller was in West Bengal and never in Mumbai,” he mentioned.When Purushothaman confronted this reality with the chief, he switched off his cellphone.
“The fraudsters may need hacked into Naaptol’s server to get my postal handle,” he mentioned. Purushothaman mentioned no less than two individuals in Kasaragod misplaced Rs 1 lakh and Rs 40,000, every, to this rip-off. “However they don’t seem to be prepared to return ahead and lodge complaints,” he mentioned.