In a first of its kind, Bangalore City crime branch busted a fake shopping portal by raiding its office and arresting six partners for allegedly duping gullible customers with false advertisements, using an ICICI payment gateway, police said.
“The accused created a smart website BIGSOP.com, used an ICICI Bank payment gateway and lured gullible customers by advertising on its pop-ups ‘You are the lucky internet winner of iPhones for Rs.599’,” a senior police official told IANS in Bangalore.
Unwittingly, hundreds of gullible customers registered with the portal and paid the full amount only to find out later that they have been deceived by the suspects.
“As the address given on the portal was also fake, one of the victims of the fraud tweeted to city police about the scam, as he did not get the much promised iPhone,” the crime branch sleuth pointed out.
“We have registered a case against the accused by taking the tweet as a complaint to nab them and investigate the case,” the police official added.
With online shopping portals mushrooming all over the world, including the tech city of Bangalore, dupes and crooks are using the Internet to cheat gullible visitors but it is still surprising that the ICICI has let its payment gateway used by these crooks and become a willing partner in the scam.
The wording on “About Us” should have given out the poor English used by the crooks. Here it is:
“Hello, we’re Bigsop. Based in the INDIA, Bigsop is a big, independent E-Commerce Portal for needy customers.” The sentence is full of grammar mistakes that one should have doubts on its authenticity in the first look itself. No one could have written “the INDIA”.
Its second para “Bigsop is India’s fastest growing marketplace, where buyers and sellers come together to conduct transactions. With over a thousand pre-qualified merchants and an industry-leading buyer protection policy, Bigsop offers a worry-free shopping experience where you can buy a wide variety of products across 50 different categories ranging from the latest gadgets to exquisite apparels – all in one shopping cart. With no retailers in the middle, you get wholesale prices on branded products.” — is an outright pick from elsewhere.
The third one is equally pathetic: “Bigsop products are not your average market products. They are meticulously designed and published to the highest production standards with no compromise on quality. They’re built to last.” — The writers are unaware of production and publication.
“Products are wonderful, and we love them. We hope you love ours.” — is another indication of poor standards put out in order to just rank along the Flipkart and other successful online shopping portals.
It boasts — “A pioneer in online shopping in India, Bigsop.com is a leading online shopping portal from one of the India’s largest Scube Solutions.” With this kind of a write-up, one should be wary about such bogus portals. Incidentally, Flipkart, Myantra are based in Bangalore and that must have given the bogus one too to trick the online shoppers.