.. as narrated by Sushant
(name changed to not reveal identity)
I cannot stop myself from
sharing this with all of you. Its all started when I received a call from
someone claiming that he was from my mobile service provider and he asked me
to shutdown my phone for 2 hours for 3G update to take place. As I was
rushing for a meeting, I did not question and shutdown my cell phone.
After 45 minutes I felt
very suspicious since the caller did not even introduce his name. I quickly
turned on my cell phone and I received several calls from my family members
and the others were from the number that had called me earlier - 3954380.
I called my parents and I was shocked that they sounded very worried asking
me whether I am safe. My parents told me that they had received a call from
someone claiming that they had me with them and asking for money to let me
free. The call was so real and my parents even heard 'my voice' crying out
loud asking for help. My
parent was at the bank waiting for next call to
money transfer. I told my parents that I am
safe and asked them to lodge a police report.
Right after that I received another call from the guy asking me to shutdown
my cell phone for another 1 hour which I refused to do and hung up. They
keep calling my cell phone until the battery had run down. I myself lodged a
police report and I was informed by the officer that there were many such
scams reported. MOST of the cases reported that the victim had already
transferred the money! And it is impossible to get back the money.
Be careful as this kind of
scam might happened to any of us!!!
Those guys are so professional
and very convincing during calls. If you are asked to shut down your cell
phone for updates by the service provider, ASK AROUND! Your family or
friends might receive the same call.
Be Safe and Stay Alert!