Bengaluru: Two landlords scan QR codes sent by fake tenants, cheated of Rs 1.2 lakh | Bengaluru News – Times of India
BENGALURU: In two similar incidents, miscreants approached property owners as prospective tenants through phone and siphoned off money by misusing the QR code.
Police said the suspects seem to be targeting people placing online advertisements to rent out residential premises.
Whitefield resident Babu Reddy said he had placed an advertisement on an online platform to rent out his 1BHK house.
Recently, a person identifying himself as Avdesh Kumar evinced interest and asked Reddy to scan a code he sent to him to confirm the bank details as he intended to pay him Rs 30,000 as advance. Reddy scanned the code and Rs 2 was deducted from his account. Within a few minutes, he returned Rs 4 and again sent a QR code asking him to scan it to receive Rs 30,000. “I believed him as genuine person and scanned the code. But I lost Rs 79,997 from my account within no time,” Reddy stated.
In another case, 39-year-old Deepa Sistla from Whitefield lost Rs 35,000 to cyber criminals.
Deepa had placed an advertisement to rent out her 2BHK premises. A miscreant identifying himself as Avdesh Kumar informed her that he wanted to occupy the space as he would be relocating to Whitefield soon.
As requested by him, she scanned a QR code to receive advance money, but ended up losing Rs 35,000.
Police suspect the same gang was behind both the cases.