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Retired GAIL employee duped in QR code scam

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Accused posed as city police commissioner

A man pretending to be a top police officer recently duped a retired GAIL employee of ₹50,000 on an online marketplace by asking him to scan a Quick Response (QR) code.

In his complaint to the police, H. Sridhar said that he had put an ad to sell a treadmill that belonged to his friend who had relocated to another country.

He was contacted by a man who identified himself as Bhaskar Rao (City Police Commissioner). He offered to buy the treadmill, which was up for sale for ₹9,500. He sent Sridhar a QR code to scan so that he could transfer the money directly to his account online.

“When the complainant scanned the code, he saw that ₹9,500 had been debited from his account. Sridhar called up the accused who apologised and said it was a technical problem. He asked him to try again,” said the police.

₹50,000 lost

Sridhar, thinking that he was talking to a senior police officer, agreed only to discover that more money had been debited from his account. “In total, he lost ₹50,000,” the police added. The police have registered a case and are trying to track down the accused.

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Printable version | Jan 19, 2020 11:56:44 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/retired-gail-employee-duped-in-qr-code-scam/article30509827.ece

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