Mumbai: A fashion designer lost almost Rs 3 lakh of her family’s money trying to help a carpenter who was a potential target of a cyber crook. A criminal offense has been filed at Sick police station.
The 26-year-old fashion designer lives in sick west with her family. She had hired a carpenter to make furniture in her home. On Tuesday morning, while the carpenter was at work, he received an SMS from an unknown number informing him that the electricity supply to his home would be cut off because he had not paid the bill.
A phone number was mentioned in the text and the carpenter dialed it. But he couldn’t understand what the person on the other end of the line was saying. He handed the phone to the fashion designer and asked her to speak on his behalf.
The man pretended to be from the power company and asked the fashion designer to download an app called Quick Support. Little did she know that the app would give her remote access to the carpenter’s phone screen.
He asked her to pay Rs 10 to prevent the power supply from being cut off. She added her father’s debit card number and paid Rs 10. But soon after, three more transactions took place and around Rs 70,000 was debited from her father’s account.
The fashion designer confronted the scammer about the deductions he offered to refund the money to her via her digital wallet. “He then asked her to download the Quick Support app on her handset, which she did, allowing him to access her phone remotely as well. This time, three debit transactions totaling Rs 2.24 lakh was made on his account,” a policeman said.
The fraudster then disconnected the call and his phone was turned off.
The fashion designer then rushed to the Malad police station the same day and filed a fraud complaint.