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37 duped on OLX by crooks using leaked Aadhaar copies of Army, CISF personnel

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Most cases reported from Rajasthan; OLX blocks the accounts that were opened to carry out fraudulent deals.

New Delhi: At least 37 people have allegedly been duped on OLX, an online classified site, by fraudsters using leaked soft copies of Aadhaar and ID cards of CISF and Army personnel, ThePrint has learnt.

Over the past two days, the CISF and Army headquarters have been flooded with calls and complaint emails — some with scathing comments questioning the integrity of the men in uniform — accusing their personnel of duping potential customers on OLX.

While most of the cases were reported from Rajasthan, a few of them took place in Maharashtra and Himachal Pradesh as well, according to sources in the CISF and Army headquarters.

An internal inquiry by CISF revealed that constable Shrikant had shared a copy of his Aadhaar card for buying an iPhone on OLX from a man named Abhishek Srigul, who had introduced himself as a police constable from Maharashtra.

He had paid Rs 23,000 to Srigul but never received the phone, following which he filed a complaint at Vakola Police station and Cyber City Police station at BKC in Mumbai.

“It was found that the constable, who people had been cursing in mails, was himself a victim. He had shared his Aadhaar card with the seller, which was then misused,” a CISF officer said.

“When we made further inquiries, it was found that the scamsters have been using these ID papers, including the Aadhaar card of several defence personnel to dupe people online,” the officer added.

Army HQ also informed

In one of the cases, a copy of the Aadhaar card of an Army personnel was leaked from a travel agent, he said.

The defence ministry too was sounded after a complaint against an Army personnel, Vikram Waghmare, was sent to Army headquarters. “The complaint said that the personnel wanted to sell his iPhone 6S and made a deal for Rs 16,000,” an officer said.

“Following this, he asked for full payment in advance. To gain the customer’s trust, the scamster shared the Aadhaar card bearing his photo in Army uniform and his I-card on WhatsApp. Thinking that he was dealing with an Army officer, the buyer transferred the money in good faith and then the seller’s phone was switched off,” the Army officer added.

In another case, someone took a huge chunk of money impersonating as an Army officer, willing to sell his Swift car, an officer said.

“We suspect this is part of a larger racket and we have brought this to the notice of investigating agencies,” the officer said.

After similar complaints started pouring in, CISF wrote to OLX asking it to block accounts that were fraudulently created in the names of its personnel.

“It is to inform you that somebody is impersonating as Shrikant of CISF on OLX and has duped many people putting advertisements of selling iPhone on OLX. You are requested to block account with user name Shrikant,” the mail said.

OLX said it has blocked the accounts that were opened to carry out fraudulent deals.

Modus operandi

Some fraudsters reportedly used soft copies of the Aadhaar and identity cards of defence personnel to create an account on OLX and then posted several products, including a car and a mobile phone, for sale.

When the customers contacted them on OLX chat, the fraudsters convinced them that they were from the Army or CISF and wished to sell their phone or car as they had been transferred to another state. They would then ask the customer to pay a 50 per cent advance for the product through Paytm and once the amount was received, they would switch off their phones.

These complaints have now been forwarded to respective police stations for further investigation.

“As soon as we learnt about the case, we immediately blocked the reported accounts. Additionally, we are working with the authorities and have extended every possible assistance at our disposal to support in investigation,” said an OLX spokesperson. “We urge our users to never send partial or full payment before collecting any product.”

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  1. Y cant u all complaint to a Army Person all about this… now he is trying to cheat.. me.. its good that. I tried google for this… iam still talking to the person making him busy.. if any one who complain about this can.. rply me. Ill give contact number.. which he is using now..

  2. My Name is Harshad Gaikwad from mumbai maharashtra…same way cheated to me by Rs.4000/- his name is CIFS officer Katen Jopir…he was selling he all furniture in very cheap price…saying that he was transferred to vishakhapattnam so selling urgently…fro Mumbai Andheri Cargo Airport..first he said to give some advance amount so i had transfer him Rs.3000 then his courier boy call me and asking me to transfer Rs.6100 for GST and other charges…but i refused to pay bcoz i come to know that some things is going wrong so 8 didnt pay any money to him..and told him to cancel my order and give me money back…but he refused and still swutch off his phone….KATEN JOPIR IS A CHEATER SO BE CAREFULL HIS MOBILE NO…07653984815…. I NEED HELP TO RECOVER MY MONEY.

  3. Same happened for me…i also paid RS:5000😭my father is auto driver … only iam studying…please help me…he said his name is shrikanth…please help me….we are very poor family

  4. It happend to me , on 8th June a person from vizag Himat Raj CISF ,showed his adhar and internation driving license and i had great trust for Indian Army and I lost 30000/- his adharcard: 785705266624 . Please tell this army personell about this.

  5. Just survived from a fraudster himat raj cisf , because of this article and your comments.
    8769897218 his mobile number
    Selling ac and tv on olx

    • you should have blocked or raised fraud flag , I’m a victim , on 8th June a person from vizag Himat Raj CISF ,showed his adhar and internation driving license and i had great trust for Indian Army and I lost 30000/- his adharcard: 785705266624 . Please tell this army personell about this.

      Here are the phone details :6350195480/9864534515/8868044868 paid vai google pay

  6. Mere sath v aisa hi hu.household Ka saaman bechne k ma’am pe 72450 le liya…naam himmat Raj @Cisf I’d 103306.

    • What was the virtual payment address of the fraudster and mobile no . We should share with each other

      • this happened to me, his name is HimatRaj , virtual payment address: shivshantmathur907@okaxis, phone number : 8868044868 paid via google pay (30,000)

  7. Same here, I am SANDIP BISWAS from West Bengal that person used the Cisf jawan Shrikant ‘a ID Card to dupe me of Rs. 9685 via Google pay . Though I have lodged a police complaint and informed my bank branch in details within a day if the fraudulent transaction, I am now aware that my money has gone and so are the money of others who have been duped similarly. The police, cybercrime cell act as mere links, They never catch this scamsters as a result , more and more people are being cheated in the name of Army and other Defense forces like CISF. He uses various mobile numbers. Operating from Rajasthan, Haryana and Maharashtra. Please help us out, if there is any good Samaritan.

  8. I am from Pune – Maharashtra. This fraud happened with me yesterday, i have put an Advertisement on OLX to sell an ITEM, That person took my contact details from OLX and called me said
    ” I am from army and I want to buy your item from OLX , please send your Googlepay QR code screen shot, he shared his ID proof Adhar Card and Military canteen Card CSIF , i sent him the details and he asked me to open my googlepay app and check the details”, as soon as i opened my googlepay account to check the details some transaction has happened and 4999/-RS has been debited from my Bank Account.
    When i rushed to near by Police Station i could see there were 8-10 people who have been getting fraud with same kind of act on same day.
    we raised the complaint in near by Police station.

    If anyone can help please help on the same.

  9. It has happened to me too , I have lost about 32000 rs. This is not the scam done by the fraudsters but OLX and PAYtm ate equally responsible.How paytm is allowing to create accounts without any verification.That means anyhow paytm is also involved…..All the fraudsters can be caught is the administration wants to. I have files the case against them even i gave the police all the where abouts of the fraudsters.what police did …Nothing…
    This is all game where everyone has his share….

  10. Same thing was happened with me by these frauders they convienince me and they said me that they ate from army and they send me their id cards after all when payment was done they switched off their phones and i have the payment proofs of ₹28000
    And their all numbers
    I amnot geting any support of police and they are not filing my FIR aginst them
    I have all the payment proofs

  11. Same happened with me I paid 5000…please help me..I have also every thing of fraud person..

  12. Same happened with me…. a person from Rajasthan show me cisf I card and Aadhaar card to deal with me of iPhone and I lost my ₹ 30000 …I have all details,chat, numbers, Account number of the fraud person bt can’t do anything

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