26-Year-Old Banker Tweets To Zomato For Refund, Loses Rs 70K To ‘Scammer’


Online frauds in India are getting higher in India nowadays. Almost everyone must have come across a phone call from a scammer asking for OTP or credit card details. However, these scammers are becoming more and more advanced and active these days. A fresh controversy came into light when a 26-year-old bank executive from Mumbai got duped by a scammer who was posing as the employee of Zomato to initiate the process of refund.

According to an FIR filed by a senior analyst in a bank, He had ordered food through Zomato food delivery portal but was unhappy with their assistance and tweeted this issue in Twitter to refund back his money. A random online scammer saw this tweet, tracked that person down and gave him a phone call asking him his PIN and other personal details of the BHIM application in the name of refunding back the money.

By doing so, the scammer was successful in withdrawing 70 thousand rupees from the 26-year-old victim’s bank account. The victim immediately realized he was scammed, therefore he immediately registered an FIR in the nearest police station by which an FIR was registered against the scammer under various sections of IT act and Indian panel act.

In this matter, Zomato gave a statement that their company regularly remind the customers not to share their details which can cause them problems such as data theft and money laundering. This all happened because the victim posted his mobile number publicly in his tweet against Zomato. Aarey Sub Police in Mumbai has charged an unknown man for purportedly posing as a Zomato executive now. The cyber crimes in India are at a rise and many professional and well-educated people who know the consequences and are well aware of the cyber crimes are reportedly getting scammed.

Scam Concept

More than 25 lakh cyber crimes are registered in India every year. At the same time, several campaigns are being launched in schools and colleges to make people aware of cyber fraud. But the scammers are several steps ahead of the law.