10 precautions to take before transferring money to someone online deal

POSTED BY Jagoinvestor ON June 9, 2022 COMMENTS (14)

Online scams are on a rise in India for the last 5-6 yrs as the UPI and online transactions have increased over time.

Recently a guy I know told me that he accidentally lost Rs 56,000 in online fraud. He wanted to go on a tour and when he searched online, he came across a website that had a tour operator number where he called and enquired. Everything looked genuine and after some basic checks, he did a UPI transfer of the whole amount of Rs 56k.

The website link where he got the number was https://www.bharatibiz.com/en/gurdwara-sri-hemkunt-sahib-093392-58256 and the phone number was 9339258256

Precaution to take while doing money transfer to a new person online

It was a big mistake

As soon as he transferred, he soon realized that he was taken for a ride and realized his mistake. In general, this guy is very cautious and does not trust these kinds of online contacts, but in this case, there was some element of RUSH and overtrust as in the recent past he had some online bookings in a similar way it worked.

I feel that while we all are aware of these frauds and try to be cautious, someday even we all may fall for these tricks as the other side can outsmart us.

10 precautions to take before sending money to someone online

Let us see some of the basic checks and precautions we must take in order to prevent any online fraud while we are transferring any money online to someone for booking any tours, trips, hotels, or for shopping purposes. Let’s look at them one by one

1. Search for the number/company name on google once

One small search on the phone number or email of the person may reveal a lot of details at times. If the same person has cheated others, there is a good chance that you will get some pointers for it. When I searched for that number 9339258256 online, I saw that the same number was listed for various businesses, which clearly shows that’s a cheater.

Same phone number is registered for multiple business in google. Its a clear online fraud and scam

2. Use NEFT/IMPS transfer instead of UPI

UPI is fast and secure, but only valuable if you are transferring money to the right and genuine person. The problem of UPI is that it MASKS the details of the person and just gives you a scan code or simple details which does not tell much about the person. If you are in doubt, always ask for the bank details to transfer money through NEFT or IMPS.

This will at least give you details like a bank account, Name of the account holder, branch etc. You can use this to verify or complain later at the bank easily. Also, the bank account name shall be of the same person.

3. Don’t Rush

What’s the rush?

Never take quick decisions while sending big amounts. At times, when you do things at the last minute, you are in hurry and often do not pay attention to small red flags. Also, your mind may not go into details that might have prevented a fraud. Always start a conversation with the person, talk to them once, wait for hours/days and then make any transfers after proper research.

4. Always transfer Advance money, not full

Most of the time, people pay the full amount if things look genuine and they don’t want to get into a headache of paying the balance later. They overtrust others. As far as possible, always pay an advance first and pay the balance later. This gives you a lot of time and in case you are unlucky, you do not lose all the money in fraud.

5. Continous callbacks are a red-flag

Most of the fraudsters/scamsters have a tendency to spam you with calls and messages again and again. I have personally seen this in “NGO Scam” where someone calls you or WhatsApp you to donate money for an ill child in hospital, If you show any small interest, you will be bombarded with WhatsApp messages and callbacks to donate the money NOW.

This is a big red flag. At times you get a call from some senior or higher-up following with you. If this is happening in your case, be very cautious about it.

6. Validate the number or contact person with online groups/sites

Most genuine businesses have a strong online presence. They have their own website, Facebook page, Instagram page or some other social media identity. You can read others’ reviews, their phone numbers are published there and other details like address, and business details are mentioned.

I am not saying that fraud people cant create these things, but it’s a very simple checkpoint. If you got in contact with someone who is missing these things, you have a strong reason to doubt them.

7. Search on Truecaller

Another great trick is to simply check the phone number on truecaller App. Others who may have come across that fraudster or same phone number must have tagged them as “fraud”, “scam”, “Spam” or similar words. It will give you some hint on their genuineness

Check for a phone number on truecaller to check if its spam or fraud or not

8. Ask for compliance like GST / Cheque/ References

One thing you can do additionally asks for a CHEQUE copy and mention to them an excuse that you will make payment from your corporate account and this is the mandatory requirement by the company. This way you will get all the details of the account holder, branch, and account number. A lot of things you can cross-check if the account belongs to the same person or not. A lot of fraudsters do not use their own account. This can become a basis for more questioning and you may catch a fraudster.

Also if it’s a business entity, do ask for a GST number, etc too as added security.

9. Don’t trust the random low key websites advertisements

Never trust people or phone numbers that are listed on low-key websites, after all, they list their business on dead sites which have no credibility. It simply appears in the search engine for someone who is searching on google.

10. Listen to the Gut feeling

Finally, I would say, that you shall listen to your gut feeling and if your inner voice says that things are not right, better do not do the transaction. Do talk to the person to whom you are transferring the amount, and do watch their language, their tone, and many small things. But do trust your inner voice and don’t do the transaction or at least wait for more time.

More precautions to take

  • Never share OTP, or PIN with anyone ever no matter what
  • Don’t respond to calls that say that they are from RBI, IRDA, or Tax department which ask for your personal details
  • You never have to pay your UPI pin to revise the money on any UPI App. A lot of fraudsters say they are sending the money to you but have sent you a “Payment request”
  • Never give access to anyone for sharing your screen for assistance purposes. Don’t use software like Teamviewer or Anydesk

Steps to take if you lost money to any online fraud

  • Do complaint to Cyber Cell immediately
  • Do file an FIR also if the amount is significant for you.
  • Do share about the incident on Twitter and other social media channels you are part of

 

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14 replies on this article “10 precautions to take before transferring money to someone online deal”

  1. Srinivas says:

    Interesting and useful article.
    Sometime back i was troubled by a portal Travelook. It is trouble only and not fraud, as they returned the money after 3 months on continuous follow-up. I booked a ticket and the transaction could not be completed. This seems to standard modus operandi on this site.
    Money was deducted but no subsequent info. I took a screenshot of the transaction and started following up after 3 days, as there is no feedback. It took 3 months of follow-up to get my money back.

    One needs to be careful in on line transactions.

    1. Jagoinvestor says:

      Thanks for sharing ..

      Many sites use the “hard work required” as a measure to earn money. Many people just leave things and dont follow back for few hundred or thousand !

  2. Priya says:

    I had a similar experience with a website that sells home decor items. Neither did I receive any of the items nor did they pick my calls. But thankfully the amount was small.

    1. Jagoinvestor says:

      Yea so it was just a fake website!.. nothing else

  3. vipan mahajan says:

    Main article is not of much use as it generalises and bonafide interaction also may have same characteristics
    Better to focus on ” More precautions…..and “Steps to take part..

  4. Niranjan Patra says:

    Very important and an eye opener. Thanks a lot

  5. DC says:

    EXCELLENT INFORMATION, NOW ITS COMMOM MEDIUM FOR FRARUD. BUT LOTS OF TIME ,ITS NOT A SYSTEM PROBLEM BUT ITS A HUMAN ERROR.

      1. Raz says:

        Hello JagoInvester, why are you replying to every Comment? Is that at all necessary?
        It seems you are suffering from a false sense of Propriety!

        Reply only if you have something valuable to add.

        What is this, “Yes”, “True”, Welcome”? Pls stop posting such comments.

  6. Seshu Kumar says:

    You never have to pay(ENTER) your UPI pin to revise (RECEIVE) the money on any UPI App. A lot of fraudsters say they are sending the money to you but have sent you a “Payment request”

    1. Jagoinvestor says:

      Yea .. this point alone is responsible for many frauds

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