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Berhampur man duped of Rs 1.27 lakh while trying to buy T-shirt online

27/06/2022 at 4:14 PM

Berhampur, June 27: In yet another case of cyber fraud in Odisha, a man from Berhampur was duped of Rs 1.27 lakh while he was trying to buy a T-shirt online.

The victim has been identified as Lakhmi Narayan Panda, a resident of Khoda Singh Ramkrushna Nagar, Berhampur.

As per reports, Panda who is a banker by profession had ordered a shirt from an e-commerce site known as formal button.com last month.

However, upon his order’s arrival Panda discovered that the product did not match his order. Panda then decided to return the order and contacted the customer care of the e-commerce site.

The customer care agent, who interacted with Panda asked him to download ‘anydesk app’ to initiate the return and refund.     

After Panda did so, the agent took Panda’s bank account credentials and siphoned off Rs 1.27 lakh from his bank account.

Panda did not realise instantly that he has been duped. However, he discovered it a few days later when he checked his bank account and found the balance to be zero.

Panda said, “When I did not get the right order, I got customer service helpline number of the e-commerce site from Google. I approached the agent to return my money and the agent also agreed. When I failed to get back my money, the agent attributed it to technical error and asked me to download anydesk app to create an id. I also did that and then the agent asked me to send a message to him. Using this id, the agent hacked all my account and siphoned off Rs1.27 lakh.”

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