Monday, June 20, 2011

Peoples beware of Fraudsters and Scams; They found a new way now.

It was a dream coming true too fast for Narendraa Dave, a resident of Coimbatore. It was not even a month since he put up an online advertisement expressing interest in adopting a dog when Andrew D’Silva, in response to his advertisement, informed him that he had a two-month-old German Shepherd to give away for free.

Clearly excited with the quick response, Dave quickly followed D’Silva’s instructions for depositing the transportation charges in the account of Parth J Bhatt from Mumbai.

However, the telephones of both the men have been switched off ever since Dave deposited the money on June 11. After waiting for three days to hear from them, Dave finally wrote to Mumbai police’s cyber cell, seeking help to find the missing dog and the men.

“I have been feeling quite helpless since the bankers have not been very cooperative in revealing details of the account holder,” Dave told DNA. According to Dave’s complaint, D’Silva had claimed that he was giving away the dog for free since he was moving to Miami.

On being asked about the transportation of the puppy, Dave was asked to get in touch with Bhatt, who according to D’Silva was a sub agent of Jet Airways Cargo. When contacted, Bhatt claimed to be specialising in transportation of pigeon, cats and dogs.

“Though it was a small amount of Rs2,700, I feel that the duo would have tricked many innocent people if no action is taken against them,” said Dave.

Hope you all remember about the stories about Lottery Scams:

A lottery scam is a type of advance-fee fraud which begins with an unexpected email notification that "You have won!" a large sum of money in a lottery. The recipient of the message — the target of the scam — is usually told to keep the notice secret, "due to a mix-up in some of the names and numbers," and to contact a "claims agent." After contacting the agent, the target of the scam will be asked to pay "processing fees" or "transfer charges" so that the winnings can be distributed, but will never receive any lottery payment.[1] Many email lottery scams use the names of legitimate lottery organizations or other legitimate corporations/companies, but this does not mean the legitimate organizations are in any way involved with the scams.(Souce: Wikipedia)

Be Cautious while approaching/dealing with stranger. If you suspect someone, approach the police station nearby.

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