Beware of fake and cheap iPhone offers on e-marketplace

From a news report appeared in The Telegraph dt.11-09-2015

After seeing an ad on OLX read for iPhone 6, a resident of Haryana quickly called the Calcutta- based seller. He was convinced the deal was a genuine one and transferred the agreed amount to the person’s bank account after he had emailed details of the courier shipment.

When the promised shipment didn’t reach him after four days, the Haryana resident dialled the seller and found his phone switched off. The phone number provided in the mailed copy of the courier receipt turned out to be fudged.
On Wednesday, police arrested three youths in Calcutta, including a student of Class XII, for allegedly duping at least a dozen people online.

The police said the trio had put up the advertisement on OLX — a free online classifieds marketplace for used goods, including mobile phones, furniture, cars, motorcycles, cameras and property — in the first week of August.
The complainant saw the advertisement soon after it was posted and called the number mentioned alongside the seller’s username. He was taken in by the offer of an iPhone 6 Plus ( 16 GB) that had been used for barely three weeks at almost half the market price of around Rs 65,000.

As per the cyber crime officer, the complainant said was to transfer the cash to his Axis Bank account after the shipment was processed. The next day, the Haryana resident received a mail containing a scanned copy of the courier shipment details. The receipt was a fake one.

When the complainant called what he thought was the phone number of the courier company, it was answered by one of the accused. He told him that the order was ready to be shipped.

The complainant didn’t suspect anything was wrong and transferred the money. It was when he called the Haryana office of the courier company whose fudged receipt the accused had sent that he realised he had been cheated. The complainant came to Kolkata and lodged a complaint with the cyber crime cell.

The police located the culprits through their Axis Bank account, ATM withdrawal, phone numbers used by the accused and IP addresses provided by OLX.

Courtesy: The Telegraph – 11-09-2015

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