Man duped after ‘winning’ phone online; gets vegetable cutter on delivery in Malappuram
Mankada: A man was duped of money in a scam here. Mannauttuparamban Rasheed, a native of Cheekkode obtained a call, said to be from Vodafone company and informed him that he was the winner of a lucky draw. The call informed him that he has won a mobile phone which will be sent to him as a parcel. He has to pay Rs 1500 as ‘tax’ at the time of receiving.
On September 3, the postman informed him of the parcel. Rasheed received it by paying Rs 1575. When the packet was opened, it contained a vegetable cutter worth Rs 100.
Rasheed has filed complaints with Vazhakkad police and postal department in this regard.
The parcel was sent as Value Payable Post (VPP) where once the receiver pays the money for the parcel, the sender will the credited with the money.
The postal department can’t do anything in this system. If a complaint is obtained, they can withhold the money to be credited at the sender’s post office pending enquiry.
The fraudulence activities mainly take place in ‘Cash On Delivery’ transactions. But for sending parcels as COD, the sender should have registration with the postal department. Those who have no registration mainly sends through VPP.
Blind superstitions are exploited for such fraudulence activities using likes of money attracting symbols, disease preventing medicines etc.
Their main leverage is that those subjected to the fraud, hesitates to report the crime to police or concerned authorities.