Bangalore Police have arrested four people who ran a fraudulent courier service business and used Google ads to pose as booking agents.
Yamini CS | Edited by Chandrashekar Srinivasan
Bengaluru Police have arrested a gang of four for running a fake courier company in the city and defrauding people by asking for down payments. The criminals used Google ads to impersonate booking agents from reputable courier companies.
The Hindustan Times could not verify the identity of those arrested.
Anoop A Shetty, the Deputy Commissioner (North East) also tweeted a warning to citizens: “North East Cybercrime Police have arrested 4 people accused of running a courier service scam in the town of Bangalore. The defendants were displaying Google ads with their phone numbers as booking contacts of popular courier companies and receiving advance payments.”
“Do not blindly believe anything displayed at the top of Google search. Paid advertisements appear at the top. Be careful when calling the customer service number obtained from Google search. Visit the official website of the company for customer service/reservation contact numbers. Any courier booking taken without a tracking ID could be fake,” he wrote.
In a similar case earlier this month, police in Whitefield busted a fake call center and arrested several people in Gujarat who were using the internet and phone calls to trick people, mostly from overseas.
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