Bhubaneswar: A man, an IT Professional, ended up losing Rs Rs 80,000, after trying to order alcohol online, during the ongoing lockdown. The incident has been reported from State capital.
The victim has been identified as a resident of Chandrasekharpur area here.
According to sources, the matter came to light after the victim lodged a complaint with Chandrasekharpur police in this regard.
The engineer, in his complaint, claimed that he had come across an advertisement on Facebook that claimed to receive online orders for home delivery of liquor from a shop named ‘Kadambari’. When he contacted on the number shared in the post, the receiver shared a PhonePe number and asked him to make the payment amounting to Rs 980.
“When i did not receive the order, I called on that number again. He told me about some registration process and later sent a barcode asking me to scan it. When I scanned the code four times on PhonePe, a sum of Rs 79,181 was deducted from my SBI and Standard Charted bank accounts,” alleged the IT professional.
He further said, “The name of the PhonePe number was Narendra Singh. But after few followups, I received a refund of Rs 3,000 from one Prathamesh Mestry.”
Based on the plaint, police have registered a case and launched a probe into the matter.