Bhanu P Lohumi
Shimla, April 21
In a worrying trend, cybercriminals are preying on tourists looking for hotels online. They hack websites and alter hotel details to trick tourists. Aamod Singh, Hotel Manager, Honeymoon Inn, Shimla, said: “The criminals added a chat option on our webpage and defrauded a tourist. of Rs 15,000. The case came to light when we received a call from the client who paid money to fraudsters posing as our hotel staff. A complaint has been filed with the cybercrime police.
He said the bank account was traced to Madurai. “It appears that a group of organized criminals are behind the scam,” he said.
Ankush Sharma, owner of Woodville Palace, Shimla, said: “Details such as email address and phone numbers on our Google page have also been changed. As tourists fall prey to such tactics, we lose business. »
Several other hotels also reported similar incidents. “Hoteliers have been urged to remain vigilant and report the matter to the police immediately,” said MK Seth, president of the Tourism Industry Stakeholders Association. He also urged the cybercrime wing to act quickly in such cases.
Narvir Singh Rathore, ASP (Cybercrime), said, “A Google page lacks adequate security features and can be easily hacked. About 10 cases of fraud related to hotel reservations have been reported in the recent past.
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