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Updated on: Thursday, January 06, 2022, 11:00 PM IST

Mumbai: Cops on lookout for fraudster for making fake hotel web page to dupe prospective customers

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A three-star hotel administration from South-Mumbai has lodged a complaint with the police stating that someone had created a fake web page of the hotel in order to dupe unsuspecting customers by providing cheap and lucrative deals impersonating the hotel administration.

According to the MRA Marg police, the complainant in the case is the hotel manager. The hotel administration had prepared the hotel's website for online promotion. The website contains photographs, hotel location, hotel information and contact numbers as well. On January 02, one of the regular customers of the hotel had informed the hotel staff that he had come across a web page of the hotel which also had a number on the page. The customer had called the hotel to enquire if the web page was genuine or not.

"The hotel manager immediately surfed on the internet and came across the fake web page of the hotel. As per the complainant, the number provided in the page did not belong to the hotel administration. He then called on the number provided in the page and the call was answered by one Rashid Shaikh, who claimed to be working at the hotel. When the complainant made enquiries about hotel booking, Shaikh provided him a bank account number and asked him to make an advance payment. The victim then realised that the fraudster had created a fake hotel web page with an intention to dupe prospective customers," said a police officer.

The hotel manager then informed senior hotel authorities and got a complaint lodged with the police. The police have registered a case under section 419 (Punishment for cheating by personation) of the Indian Penal Code and sections 66 (Computer related offences), 66C (punishment for identity theft) and 66D (punishment for cheating by personation by using computer resource) of the Information Technology Act.

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Published on: Thursday, January 06, 2022, 11:00 PM IST
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