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

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A former Indian executive has been deceived 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 ignite after Khurshid registered a police report against the ecommerce scammer, Press Trust of India reports.

“On February 13, I originated across an ad 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 often expenditure between Rs 50,000 ($ 750) and Rs 125,000 ($ 1,875 ).

Salman Khurshid, former External Affairs Minister of India.

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The statement included: “I communicated an email to the address tonnywallace @gmail. com , provided in the advertising, conveying my interest 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 palace in New Delhi on receipt of the payment.”

The seller then demanded more coin for the medical check-up and health certificates of the puppies to enable their circulate from Kerala to Delhi.

Khurshid was “introduced” to a domesticated circulate agency called 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 forwarded him the payment 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 extradited. Wallace was unavailable too.

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

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

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

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