On Monday, the Police said that Harshita Kejriwal, the daughter of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, was allegedly scammed of Rs. 34,000 as a seller on an e-commerce platform “OLX” while selling a sofa.
Police shared that Ms. Kejriwal had placed a sofa for sale on an e-commerce website by the name of OLX, after which she was approached by a person who was interested in purchasing the item.
To check whether the bank details shared by Ms. Kejriwal were correct, the accused initially transferred a small amount to her account. Later, he sent a QR code and asked her to scan it, so that the amount fixed according to the transaction could be transferred to his account.
After doing the said procedure. Money was deducted twice from Ms Kejriwal’s account. A senior official said that when she scanned the QR code,at first a sum of ₹ 20,000 was deducted from her account.
When she inquired about it, the man claimed that he had accidentally sent the wrong QR code and soon sent another link, asking her to do so. This time, he assured her that she would get the deducted amount along with the price of the sofa. But again, an amount of ₹ 14,000 was deducted from her account.
As per the officials, an investigation is underway, and will locate the suspect soon.
Arvind Kejriwal has two children; Daughter Harshita Kejriwal and son Pulkit Kejriwal. Harshita made headlines in 2014 when she scored 96 percent in the 12th standard Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) examination. She’s a chemical engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Delhi).
With each passing day, online scammers around the world are becoming more creative. The bar code scam, the latest in the world of scams, has already tricked hundreds of online users.
Looking through the accounts of online vloggers who have reported scams in the past, scammers usually target people who are trying to sell something online. Usually, they insist on meeting in person. Sometimes they even pretend to be an army man, who are encouraged by online marketplaces like OLX.
Once the person virtually agrees to settle, they send a test bar code to their target to scan. At first, the victim gets a small amount in their account upon scanning the barcode. This is just to set the mood right.
Thereafter, once the victim is convinced that everything is right, they send a second bar code that is designed to debit the victims/target’s account and not to credit the amount so decided.
As soon as the victim scans the code for the second time, the scamster deducts money from the victim’s account. In some cases, scammers have also swept the entire bank accounts of people.