Yet another online scam reported in Thiruvananthapuram
Thiruvananthapuram: Another online scam has been reported in the capital city. A Thiruvananthapuram native and an IT employee lost more than Rs 3 lakh after booking a laptop through Alibaba.
The youth, who works in a IT company, booked the laptop last month. Infinity Electronics is the distributor of laptops through Alibaba. The company informed him that they would bring the laptop from America for an amount of Rs 3,22,000. The money was deposited to an account that was sent to him via WhatsApp.
He realized it was a scam when the distributors started asking for more money. He immediately filed a complaint with Thiruvananthapuram Cyber Police. In the investigation carried out by police, it was found out that many IT professionals working from home have been subjected to similar scams.
Many people who booked products from Alibaba through Tailor Host, Century Technology, City Electronics Pakistan and Siamen Visel Technology among others, were victims of the scam. A lot of people did not register any complaint even after they lost lakhs of rupees. City Cyber Crime Police Station SP, T Syam Lal, informed that money should be handed over in such transactions only after taking into account the authenticity of the company.