73-Year-Old Mumbai Man Loses Rs 45,000 in Gas Bill Scam

A 73-year-old Mumbai man lost Rs 45,000 to a gas connection pending bill scam after clicking a fraudulent link. The victim reported the incident to the police, and a case has been registered under the Indian Penal Code and Information Technology Act.

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73-Year-Old Mumbai Man Loses Rs 45,000 in Gas Bill Scam

73-Year-Old Mumbai Man Loses Rs 45,000 in Gas Bill Scam

A 73-year-old engineering consultant from Mumbai's Grant Road area fell victim to a gas connection pending bill scam, losing Rs 45,000 from his bank account. On May 7, 2024, the victim received a message threatening to terminate his gas connection if he didn't pay an overdue amount. The scammers tricked him into clicking on a fraudulent link, which led to the unauthorized withdrawal of the funds.

Why this matters: This incident highlights the growing concern of cybercrime targeting vulnerable individuals, particularly the elderly, and the need for increased awareness and vigilance against such scams. It also underscores the importance of verifying claims of pending bills directly with service providers to prevent financial losses.

The scammers sent a message with a telephone number, claiming to be from a gas company. When the victim contacted the number, the scammer posed as a gas company employee and provided a link to download a file to update the bill data. The victim was asked to pay Rs 5 and fill out a form, but after completing the transaction, Rs 45,000 was deducted from their bank account.

The victim realized he had been conned and reported the incident to the police station on the same day. A case has been registered under the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act for deceit and dishonestly obtaining the delivery of property. The cyber cell has initiated a probe into the matter.

This scam is similar to the electricity bill scam, where scammers target victims with fake unpaid bills. The gas bill scam is a new variant, where scammers use the same modus operandi to trick victims into revealing their financial information.

The incident serves as a stark reminder for citizens to remain vigilant against such scams. Consumers should verify any claims of pending bills directly with their service providers through official channels before making any payments or sharing sensitive information. The cyber cell's investigation into this case aims to trace and apprehend the perpetrators behind this scam targeting vulnerable individuals.

Key Takeaways

  • A 73-year-old Mumbai man lost ₹45,000 to a gas connection pending bill scam.
  • Scammers sent a fake message threatening to terminate his gas connection.
  • The victim clicked a fraudulent link, leading to unauthorized withdrawal.
  • Verify pending bills directly with service providers to avoid scams.
  • Report such incidents to the police and cyber cell immediately.