Raipur: In a bizarre instance of online fraud, a transporter was duped of Rs 99997 on Friday while he tried to pay installment of his financed trucks from a private financing company through the link provided to him by the company’s executive.
A complaint in this regard was lodged in Amanaka police station on Saturday evening following which police have launched an investigation into the fraud. According to police, complainant Sattar Singh Bhalla of Maruti Life Style in Kota is a transporter by profession and owns several trucks.
Couple of his trucks are financed by Cholamandalam Finance Company for which he repays the loan through installments either by depositing cash in the company’s office of making or online through the link provided to him by the company.
Accordingly on Friday last, Bhalla applied for being sent a link to pay the loan installments but this time he was sent a telephone number instead of any link asking him to contact the given number for getting the payment link. Calling over the sent number 62902-55149, Bhalla received a payment.
Bhalla made a payment of Rs 99997 on the sent link
Not suspecting it at all, Bhalla made a payment of Rs 99997 on the sent link. While the payment was successful, Bhalla did not received any receipt for it as he had been receiving on all the past occasions whenever he had made online payments.
Bhalla immediately called on the telephone number which had sent him the link but to his surprise it was constantly found to be out of service. He then reached the finance company’s office on Saturday to enquire about the payment he had made the day earlier but here it was clearly told that the company do not follow any such method through which he had made the payment and it was also informed that the company has not received the payment of Rs 99997 at all on his behalf.
Left with no option, Bhalla reached Amanaka police station and lodged a complaint with regards to the fraud with him following which police registered an offence under Section 420 IPC against the holder of the above mentioned telephone number and is now