Former Indian minister falls for one of the oldest tricks in the ecommerce scam book

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A former Indian rector has been duped in an online puppy sale.

Salman Khurshid, who had served in the previous government, tried to purchase a pedigree Maltese puppy on an internet site that was offering them for cheap.

However, that was not to be. This has now come to light-footed after Khurshid registered a police report against the ecommerce scammer, Press Trust of India reports.

“On February 13, I rose across an advertisement on the internet for sales of two Maltese puppies by one Tonny Wallace for Rs 12,000 ($ 180) per puppy, ” Khurshid said in individual complaints registered at a New Delhi police station.

A Maltese puppy usually expenditure between Rs 50,000 ($ 750) and Rs 125,000 ($ 1,875 ).

Salman Khurshid, former External Occasion Minister of India.

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The statement added: “I transmitted an email to the address tonnywallace @gmail. com , provided in the advertisement, uttering my those who are interested in to buy the puppies. Tonny said he was in Thekkady, Kerala, and I agreed to wire the money as Tonny said the puppies would be delivered at my mansion in New Delhi on receipt of the payment.”

The seller then challenged more fund for the medical check-up and health certificates of the puppies to allow their roam from Kerala to Delhi.

Khurshid was “introduced” to a baby roam agency announced Pacific Pet Relocaters and was asked to pay another Rs 59,000 ($ 885 ).

So Khurshid deposited the amount in the bank account delivered by Wallace and mailed him the fee details. Wallace also stated that he would be reachable on his U.S. digit and on Facebook.

Days went by and the puppies were not given. Wallace was unavailable too.

We verified and Pacific Pet Relocaters doesn’t seem to exist online, either.

Khurshid then registered a client against Wallace under Section 420( Chiselling) and 120 B( Criminal Conspiracy) of the Indian Criminal code and Section 66( D) of the Information Technology Act. The police are trying to identify the alleged through the bank account details and the Facebook page link.

While there are plenty of warnings out there against buying babies online, it appears Khurshid has fallen for one of the oldest maneuvers in the ecommerce victimize book.

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