Google hit with notice over a fraudulent money transaction on Google Pay

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The notice also asks the technical head to be present at the hearing

Bengaluru’s cybercrime unit sent a notice to Google India prompting them to appear for an investigation into a fraud that robbed a man of Rs 30,000. The transaction was carried out over Google Pay, the company’s mobile payments app that operates on India’s Unified Payments Interface or UPI.

As Times of India reported, the suspect was duped by a man claiming to be an old friend of his, claiming he wanted to learn how to use Google Pay and carried out what the suspect thought was a ‘trial transaction’.

“The caller spoke as if he was my old friend,” said the man.

“After some time, he said he transferred Rs 30,000 to my account as an experiment. When I checked my phone, I saw a message saying I had received Rs 30,000. Then our conversation continued for some time. Before dropping the call, he asked me to return the cash,” the complaint read.

The man transferred Rs 30,000 back to this ‘old friend’ without suspecting a thing. After all, Google Pay did show that he had just received Rs 30,000.

When the amount was deducted from his bank the suspect realised that he had been duped. He had never received the Rs 30,000 and had ended up giving his ‘old friend’ Rs 30,000 from his bank account instead. So he did the next logical thing he could fathom – headed to the cops to lodge a complaint. Following which, the cyber crime cell sent a notice to Google India.

The notice sent to Google India also asks the technical head to be present at the hearing to explain the process and identify any vulnerabilities in the application if they are present.

Merely speculating here but:

1) You should be a little concerned if an old friend suddenly calls out of the blue with a request like ‘testing out Google Play’

and

2) Who does a trial transaction of Rs 30,000?

It seems the real problem here was common sense, however, we also wonder how he could have received a message on Google Pay that stated that he had ‘received’ Rs 30,000 without a transfer actually happening.

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