A man trying to book a room at the Shivalikview Hotel, Sector 17, ended up losing ₹86,525 from his bank account.
Debashish Mandal, a resident of Sector 32, Chandigarh, said on July 15 that he wanted to book a room at Shivalikview Hotel. He said his manager looked up the hotel number online and called him. The person who answered the phone claimed to be the hotel manager. He shared that a room was available for ₹4,000 per night and offered 20% discount by credit card payment.
Mandal said he provided his credit card details along with an OTP to book the room, after which ₹86,525 were deducted from his bank account.
On his complaint, a matter under Sections 419 (deception by personification), 420 (deception), 468 (forgery with intent to deceive), 471 (use as authentic of a false document or electronic record) and 120-B ( criminal conspiracy) of the Indian penal code has been registered at the cybercrime police station.
On July 23, police arrested two natives of Rajasthan for deceiving people with a similar modus operandi.
They were arrested on the complaint of a man who lost ₹28,000 to online fraud while trying to book a room at the Shivalikview Hotel.
Police officials have warned people to refrain from looking up phone numbers online and only get such information from trusted sources.