The Central Crime Branch Police in Bangalore has raided and shutdown a fake e-commerce site after receiving several complaints over Twitter. BigSop, located near the Agara Lake in South-East Bangalore, was raided by the Police and six people associated with the scam were arrested, Medianama reports. Also Read - E-commerce rules draft dos and dont’s: No more flash sales on phones, other goods and more
DCP (Crime) Abhishek Goyal revealed how the e-commerce site used to lure customers by flashing pop-up ads, which claimed they had “won an iPhone for Rs 599.” Once a victim clicked on the ad and registered on the website, BigSop would convert the money into store credits and compel the user to buy something off the website. When confronted by their users the accused claimed that they could not give out the iPhones for Rs 599 and instead suggested that the customers take home some product costing Rs 599. Also Read - Facebook will now make money from WhatsApp's in-app purchases
#CCBRaidsFakeOnlineShop based on Twitter inputs.Bigsop A/c has 75lac at present. Cheated 100s based on fake 599 offer pic.twitter.com/5J9xxuXM6R Also Read - Flipkart to acquire Rs 1,500 crore worth stake in Aditya Birla Group's Fashion retail
— Abhishek Goyal (@goyal_abhei) November 15, 2014
Several duped customers posted about their ordeal on Twitter, which alerted the Police. It then formed a task force and raided the BigSop office. From the photos posted by Goyal, the company seems to have been running a proper call center. According to Goyal, several hundreds of customers have fallen prey to BigSop.
While the e-commerce industry is booming in India, cases like this prove that the industry is still at a nascent stage. People have to be careful before clicking on links, and if something seems too good to be true, chances are it is.