The internet is getting scarier by each passing day. Apart from the vicious web of social media network (read: trolling/cyber-bullying), even online trade is becoming increasingly unscrupulous and is far away from being credible.
If you have been following news, you know what duping schemes I’m talking about. If you haven’t, I’m sorry but you are in for a surprise and not a good one.
Velpuri Pavithra, from Pune, recently posted an ad on OLX to sell a stroller, but her experience in the aftermath will not only shock you but will make you think twice before making a sale/purchase online in future. In a Facebook post, she explains her ordeal…
I urge you to note that this post is NOT against OLX. Nor am I against technology which I use extensively. This is just a word of caution to be careful. I have always had good experiences with OLX in buying stuff. That is the reason I posted an Ad on their site. OLX team has been supportive and have sent a mail saying that they have blocked that user’s account. Let me reiterate that this is about a fraudster using their platform to con people.
I have lodged a complaint at the local police station. Also, I have sent a copy of the lodged complaint to the cyber cell’s email id of Pune.
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A small mistake, a tiny miss and Pavithra could have ended up losing her money to this fraudster. But thanks to her presence of mind that saved the day, hers and ours by opening our eyes to online scams like these.
Do not trust anyone blindly and make a transaction only when you’ve verified the credentials because today it was Pavithra, tomorrow it could be anyone of us.