Bhubaneswar, May 25: At a time when the nation is under lockdown, alcohol lovers in India are having a hard time to deal with the closure of liquor shops.
However, after the state government on Saturday allowed the home delivery of the same the opportunity to fraudsters and scammers to lure people and take advantage of their weaknesses has increased.
In an incident which underlines the same, a resident of Bhubaneswar was duped of Rs 1, 36, 000 on Sunday by online fraudster while trying to buy liquor after they lured him to make payment on the promise of delivering it to his home.
The victim, Anjan Barik of Mancheswar area here, lodged a complaint at the Mancheswar police station in the connection on Sunday evening.
As per reports, the trap was laid through Facebook, where Anjan came across a post that claimed to receive orders for home delivery of liquor from a shop named ‘Kadambari’ which he thought to be genuine. He called up the contact number where the receiver asked him to pay Rs 200 through an online platform.
Reportedly, the victim on directions of the fraudster scanned the QR code he sent to him for payment of money. Initially he paid Rs 200 and later he was asked to scan another QR code again. Once done, the victim found Rs 1, 36,000 deducted from his account.
Later, he lodged a complaint with the Mancheswar police. The police after registering a complaint have started investigation in the matter.