QR Code Scanning Frauds-Recent Cyber Crime Trend

Be informed that there is no need to enter the UPI PIN while receiving the amount through QR Code scanning. PIN needs to be entered while paying the amount only.

QR Code Scanning Frauds-Recent Cyber Crime Trend

Hyderabad: QR Code: Cyber Crime Police Station, Cyberabad has said that QR code scanning frauds as recent cyber crime trend.

A media release here said that Cyber Crime Police Station, Cyberabad is receiving complaints from victims wherein they are losing their hard-earned money after scanning the QR codes sent by the fraudsters on the pretext of sending the amount to them.

QR Code Scanning Frauds-Recent Cyber Crime Trend
QR Code Scanning Frauds-Recent Cyber Crime Trend

QR Code Scanning Frauds:

The Cyber fraudsters who hail from Rajasthan State are posting fake ads in Olx website, FaceBook and Quikr websites on the pretext of selling/purchasing used goods and cheating the innocent citizens in one way or the other. The following are the QR Code frauds reported and the details of such cases are as follows:

QR Code Scanning Frauds Cyberabad:

In the first case that a complaint is received from one person, resident of Kukatpally, Hyderabad

in which she stated that on January 17, 2021, she uploaded photos of 5-seater Sofa set for sale in OLX website for Rs. 23,500 and received a call from mobile No. XXXXXXX225 (Vinod Kumar), who said that he is interested to purchase the Sofa set and sent a QR code and asked to scan the QR code for payment as advance, after that his person will meet her to collect the Sofa set. On believing his words, complainant scanned the QR code for Rs. 1 and got Rs. 2 to her SBI Bank account.

Legal action:

As such, she scanned various codes multiple times and realized that an amount of Rs. 99,500 has been deducted from her SBI Bank A/c. Then she came to know that she got cheated on the name of purchasing Sofa set with fake QR code scan and lured Rs. 99,500 and requested
for taking legal action.

QR Code Scanning Frauds Hyderabad:

In the second case that a complaint received from a person, R/o Suchitra, Hyderabad in which she stated that on December 31, 2020, she uploaded photos of Dressing Table for sale in OLX website for Rs. 3,500 and she received a call from mobile No. XXXXXXX799 (Praveen Kumar),
who said that he is interested to purchase the Dressing Table and sent a QR code and asked to scan the QR code for payment as advance.

On believing his words, she scanned the QR code for Rs 5 and got Rs. 10 into her SBI Bank account. As such, she scanned various codes multiple times and realized that an amount of Rs. 57,000 has been deducted from her SBI Bank A/c. Then she came to know that she got cheated
on the name of purchasing Sofa set with fake QR code scan and lured Rs. 57,000 and requested for taking legal action.

In view of the above the public in general are requested to:

  • Read the instructions notified by the platform before proceeding further to pay/receive the amount and do not fall into the trap of the fraudsters.
  • Be informed that there is no need to enter the UPI PIN while receiving the amount through QR Code scanning. PIN needs to be entered while paying the amount only.
  • Do not fall prey just by reading the remarks column of the QR code screen as the fraudsters mention the remarks as ‘paying XXXX amount’, etc… to make you believe.
  • Do not believe in the ads posted on Olx platform just by looking at the ad and inspect the goods in person before buying.
  • Be informed that most of the fraudsters are posting ads with the pictures of Army officers or any other uniformed forces to make you believe. Hence, you are requested to verify the veracity of such posts/persons.

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