The accused, now caught by the Delhi Police, set up a fake website imitating the Ola Electric booking process and duped prospective buyers of crores of rupees by asking them to transfer money through the PayU app.
Fraudsters posing as Ola Electric employees
According to reports, the accused ran a pan-India operation and looted crores of rupees. The Delhi Cyber Crime Unit reported that people from prominent cities like Patna, Bangalore and Gurugram are involved in this scam.
Until recently, one could only book the Ola S1 scooter through the app or Ola’s official website without the option of financing. Taking advantage of this fact, the gang set up a fake website in Bengaluru where prospective buyers seeking a finance option were required to enter their details. Fraudsters ask their assistants from Telangana and Bihar to contact victims offline, charging Rs. 499 will be charged as booking amount and on account of insurance payments and delivery charges Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 70,000 will be charged. All these payments were made through the PayU app. Delhi Police unearthed the scam after registering an FIR with the force’s Cyber Crime Branch on October 7.
People should know that no manufacturer will ask the customer for payment through a method not listed on the official website. This fact should be observed and known to protect themselves in future.
Ola Electric till recently took orders for their electric scooters online through their official website. However, the brand now plans to pursue a hybrid presence. The startup currently has these touchpoints in Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Jaipur, Lucknow, Pune, Belgaum, Chittoor, East Godavari, Indore, Jamnagar, Kochi, Kolhapur, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Nashik, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur and Udaipur. Ola Electric has It plans to expand its physical dealer touchpoints In the future.