Overpayment Scam

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Overpayment Scam

What is this cybercrime?

  • If you are selling something online, as a business or through classifieds ads, you may be targeted by an overpayment scam.
  • The scammer will contact you, make you an offer—often quite generous—then make payment through credit card or cheque. They will be for an amount that is greater than the agreed price.
  • The scammer will contact you with an apology for the overpayment, offering a fake excuse. The scammer might tell you that the extra money was included to cover agent’s fees or extra shipping costs. Or they may just say they simply made a mistake when writing the cheque.

Prevention

  • Not to take help of unknown persons during transactions
  • Check ATM card on return if help is taken

Solution in case of incident

  • Block the said ATM card by contacting bank
  • Inform nearest Police Station and register a complaint including details of place where transaction was done and date-time of transaction. Also supply updated pass-book.
  • Write an application to Bank Manager including case details to return the debited money.

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