Ola Electric is in the news again! And not because of his scooters. Delhi Cyber Cell has busted a gang, involved in a pan-India scam, where more than 1,000 people were duped out of crores of rupees. A report by Mint says about 20 people from various parts of the country (Haryana, Karnataka and Bihar). We’ve reached out to Ola Electric for a statement on this and will update the story as soon as we hear from the company.
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Two people allegedly designed a “fake Ola website” and as soon as people fell in love with the fake website and uploaded their details, the alleged perpetrators shared the details with other members of their gang.
The gang targeted gullible people who were looking for the Ola scooter and wanted to know more about the website, police added. As soon as they upload their details to the website, the two men from Bengaluru share their mobile phone numbers and other details with their gang members in the other states, they added. Thereafter, the gang members from Bihar and Telangana call the victims and ask them to transfer Rs. 499 online in the name of Ola scooter reservation. Then, customers were asked to pay up to Rs. 70,000 for registration and transportation fees.
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“We have dismantled the call center responsible for the scam in Patna and arrested 16 people. 114 SIM cards, over 60 mobile phones and seven laptops were seized and 25 bank accounts with over Rs. 5 million transactions have been traced. At least 1,000 victims are so far linked to the scam,” said DCP Outer North, Delhi, Devesh Mahla.
Delhi Police said the gang was dismantled after a thorough investigation, which was conducted on the basis of a First Information Report (FIR), filed on October 8, 2022, for cheating, under Article CPI 420.