Fraudster Caught While Trying to Sell the World’s Largest Statue on an Online Platform

Fraudster Caught While Trying to Sell the World’s Largest Statue on an Online Platform

Indian Police has prevented a major cyber-crime in which the criminals attempted to sell The Statue of Unity which is the world’s biggest statute till date. The criminals tried to sell the statue for $4bn.

The Police took an immediate action after they learned about this criminal attempt. It was found that an unidentified fraudster had tried to sell the “Statue of Unity” which has a height of 597 feet. This attempt was made on OLX which is a famous Indian marketplace.

The great and impressive statue is located at the western part of the Gujarat state. The statue portrays the popular Indian figure and freedom fighter Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel often known as Sardar Patel.

The construction of the statue was completed in 2018 and it took almost 5 years for the completion of this marvelous monument. It is double the size of the Statue of Liberty.

Fraudster’s motive behind the criminal attempt

The fraudster who was behind this strategy claimed that he wanted to fund the Gujarat government to fight against COVID-19 pandemic. An official from the Kevadiya police station said that some unidentified fraudster has post an advertisement on OLX on Saturday.

In the advertisement he mentioned that he needs to sell the Statue of Unity for 30,000 crore to fulfill the financial requirement of the hospitals and to purchase healthcare equipment for them.

The Indian Police has also registered a fraud case against the unidentified fraudster last week. It is observed that this fraudulent is the latest scam that happened in the country after the COVID-19 hit.

Various internal security officials and the police said that many NRIs as well as Indians has fallen into this trap since the payment gateway was very similar to the original one.

Home Ministry Official passed a statement on this issue

According to the senior official from home ministry stated that they have received a total of 8,300 complaints from various individuals across the country. There are several Indians and NRIs who have donated huge amount of money in these fake accounts.

Dilip Asbe who is the CEO of National Payments Corporation of India, which is a major organization that leads retail payments, stated that they have already blocked now blocked all the handles with the help of permutation and combination. The fake gateway of PM Care Fund is also blocked and all the donations are being verified now.

As per the Gulf News there are several cyber-scams which are being operated in India currently are exploiting the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

There are also many fraudsters which have also impersonated the services of OTT platforms like Netflix. Recently, in the country there are 1.3 billion people who are under lockdown and it is expected that many of them had been the victim of cyber-crimes.

There are several cyber-security experts who have requested people to be aware during this period of pandemic as there are many individuals who have fallen into the trap of these cyber-crimes. Hence various organizations are also instructed by their cyber-security professionals to update their data security plans.

Besides, it is observed that various non-residential Indians have also fallen into the prey which is an extremely dangerous phenomenon. This is because the victims stated that the lending page of the website was so similar to the original page that they didn’t found any difference. Hence, they eventually ended up in making the donations too.

Top officials are also investigating into this issue. It is recommended by various experts that everyone should be careful while making any kind of online payment during this time.

Author: Michael Jansen
When it comes to cyber-security & privacy protection, no one is better than our chief editor Michael Jansen. Michael started tinkering with computer networks in the early ’90s with led him to study computer science and network engineering at the university. He was always a privacy protection advocate and decided to start this project with his like-minded friends.