Google listing menace blows up; now, TV actor Arjit Taneja loses Rs 2.44 lakh

Updated: Nov 08, 2019, 07:56 IST | Samiullah Khan | Mumbai

TV star Arjit Taneja calls liquor store number he found on Google search to buy booze for Rs 2,700, ends up losing 100 times that to fraudsters

Television actor Arjit Taneja
Television actor Arjit Taneja

Model and actor Arjit Taneja has become the latest name on the list of those swindled by online scammers after ordering home delivery of liquor from a store whose number he found on the Google search app on his phone. Taneja had ordered liquor worth Rs 2,700 online and paid with his credit card but within minutes the card was debited of Rs 2.44 lakh.

And, because he was busy with his shooting commitments, he approached the police station three days later and registered a complaint with the Oshiwara police.
He told mid-day, "On October 23, I gave an order online for two bottles of wines from Galaxy Wine Shop in Lokhandwala Andheri. I get the shop number through Google search. I called the shop and asked for cash on delivery, but the caller refused. That’s why I shared my credit card details with the caller."

He added, "The caller asked me for the OTP, which I gave him and within seconds I got a message that said Rs 61,000 had been taken from my account. I immediately called back on the same number and the man apologised and assured he would refund the amount. This time I got three OTPs in rapid succession and within minutes realised that Rs 2.4 lakh had been taken," said Taneja. "I was busy with shooting and came to Mumbai three days later and registered a complaint with the police. But, I have yet to get this money back," he said. A police officer from Oshiwara police station said, "We have registered the case under various sections of the IPC and are conducting investigations."

Taneja is known for his roles as Purab Khanna in Kumkum Bhagya and Vivaan Kapoor in Kaleerein. In 2013, he participated in the reality show MTV Splitsvilla. Currently, Taneja is portraying the character of Azaan Akhtar Mirza on Colors TV’s romantic drama Bahu Begum.

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