Cyber Fraud: Woman loses ₹44,000 on the pretext of job portal refund fee
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Cyber fraudsters have duped a 39-year-old woman from Mahim to the tune of Rs 44,000. The fraudster lured the woman on the pretext of refunding her job portal fees and cheated her. “Recently, there have been multiple cases of people being duped using a similar modus operandi and we suspect that job seekers data of the portal is likely to be leaked,” said police.

According to the police, in the month of January, the woman had registered her name with a job portal. In the last week of July she received a call from a person posing as a representative of the job portal who asked whether she was getting services or not. He further told her that many of their candidates we're giving them negative feedback, as a result, they have decided to refund their fees.

On the pretext of refunding her fees, the fraudster sent her a link and asked to fill her card details and her amount of Rs 4880, however, instead of receiving Rs 4880 the amount was deducted from her account. When she notified the error, the fraudster told her that error is from their side and told her to put amount of Rs 9760. This time as well, instead of receiving refund the money was withdrawn.

When the woman asked about the deduction, the fraudster again regretted the error and told her to put amount of Rs 19,760 in the amount column. Like the previous two times again woman did not received any refund and the money was debited from her account.

When the woman asked them about the transaction, the fraudster continued to regret his mistakes and asked for her card details and her CVV number and assured her that all the money will be refunded within half an hour. However, this time again Rs 10,000 were debited from her account. This time the woman had realised her mistake and approached Mahim police station and registered her complaint.

We have registered an offence of online cheating against an unknown accused however no arrest has been made so far, said a police officer.

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