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FedEx Courier Fraud Strikes Bengaluru: Residents Warned of Impersonation Scam Tactics



FedEx Courier Fraud Strikes Bengaluru: Residents Warned of Impersonation Scam Tactics

Bengaluru residents are falling victim to a sophisticated scam involving impersonation of FedEx employees and law enforcement officials, with the latest victim losing a staggering Rs 1.98 crore.

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Modus Operandi:

  • Fake Packages: Victims receive calls from individuals posing as FedEx couriers, claiming to have intercepted a package addressed to them containing illegal substances.
  • Cybercrime Transfer: The call is transferred to a “police officer” who accuses the victim of involvement in money laundering linked to the package.
  • Financial Manipulation: The victim is pressured into transferring large sums of money to “verify” their innocence, often through sustained Skype calls and confinement in hotel rooms.

Escalating Crisis:

  • 163 cases: Bengaluru police reported over 160 FedEx fraud cases this year, resulting in a total loss exceeding Rs 5 crore.
  • Nationwide Trend: According to NCRB, Bengaluru accounted for 73.4% of cybercrime cases across 19 major cities in 2022.
  • New Scam: The “online job” scam lures victims with fake job opportunities, demanding processing fees after promising substantial earnings.

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Protect Yourself:

  • Verify Packages: Always use the official FedEx website to track packages. Don’t click on links from unknown sources.
  • Stay Discreet: Never share sensitive information like bank details over the phone, especially with strangers.
  • End Suspicious Calls: Don’t engage with callers who make threats or pressure you for money.
  • Report Immediately: If you suspect a scam, contact emergency services or visit the nearest cybercrime police station to file a complaint.

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Authorities urge the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to avoid falling victim to these evolving scams.

Additional Information:

  • The scam primarily targets individuals with no prior involvement in sending or receiving international packages.
  • Scammers often exploit fear and anxiety to coerce victims into making rash decisions.
  • Awareness and prevention are crucial to combat this growing threat.


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