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Woman tries to get back Rs 599, loses Rs 60,000

Her attempt to get back Rs 599 that she had paid to buy a dress from a Chinese online marketplace after it was banned by the Centre proved quite costly for a 32-year-old city woman, who ended up losing Rs 60,000 to fraudsters.

Woman tries to get back Rs 599, loses Rs 60,000


The victim, Selvarani of Korattur, had ordered a night dress for Rs 599 on Tuesday on Club Factory. However, when she came to know that the website was among a list of Chinese entities banned by the Central government, she cancelled the order.

She called the customer care number to reimburse the money she paid using her husband’s debit card. A few minutes later, she allegedly received another call. The person at the other end claimed he was calling on behalf of Club Factory, and allegedly demanded the card credentials to process her reimbursement. Believing the person, she passed on the information. In the next 10 minutes, Rs 60,000 was from her husband’s bank account, which the couple came to know after he received alerts over SMS that Rs 10,000 was withdrawn six times.

Shocked by this, Selvarani lodged a complaint at the Korattur police station on Wednesday and was asked to approach the cybercrime or bank fraud prevention wings in the Central Crime Branch (CCB).

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