Another Guwahati Girl Falls Prey to Online Scamsters, Loses Rs 35,000 after Calling Zomato Helpline
GUWAHATI: Yet again, a Guwahatian has become the victim of phone scam after Rs. 35,000 was fraudulently withdrawn from her account when she tried to order food from a city based cafe through food ordering app, 'Zomato'.
The victim has been identified as Yasmin Begum, who alleged that she had placed an order from a popular cafe through the food delivery app. Soon after she was notified that her order has been cancelled and an amount was deducted, she called the Zomato customer care by taking the number from Google listings.
“The Zomato customer care executive stated that I will receive a call back regarding the matter. Instantly, I received a call from another number and the a person said that he will text me a link of a form which I will have to forward it to a different number for the refund. In the particular form I also had to fill my ‘Google Pay UPI’ number details. I trusted the call and did as per the instructions as I had found the number on Google listings”,said begum talking to G Plus.
"Soon after around Rs 35,000 was deducted from my account", she added.
Meanwhile, the victim has lodged a complaint at the Dispur Police Station and more details in this regard are awaited.
Recently, there has been a rise in such phone scam incidents and this is the third case reported this month with the same modus operandi.
Earlier this month, Bhaswati Pathak, a resident of Guwahati was cheated after she tried to book a table at Isle Natura, a popular resort in Panikhaiti. Around Rs. 10,000 was fraudulently withdrawn from her account when she called the resort’s number, as listed on Google (7632098518).
Similarly, around Rs. 23,000 was withdrawn from Surabhi Sharma’s account after she tried to book a table at Mocha, a popular cafe in the city.