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Bangalore, July 30:Do not be surprised if you get an extra verification call on online shopping the next time. Most of us are unaware of the trouble that online shopping portals go through when they entertain cash-on-deliveries these days. There has been incidences of fake addresses and contact numbers, but the case in point here has rung the alarm bells for the online shopping authorities worldwide.

According to a complaint filed with the Vivek Nagar police, a couple ordered expensive gadgets from an online portal, received the delivery and escaped without paying.

The complaint was lodged by one Mohan Kumar, a field executive with SNS Logistics.On July 26th, he was assigned a delivery at HAL to Robin Shekhawat. He had ordered an Apple, iPhone, and an HTC Butterfly, coming to a billing amount of Rs 81,000.

The address that was provided on the parcel was for Shivajinagar, but when he called up the customer, the latter asked him to come over to MG Road and deliver the goods as he was in his office. On reaching the destination, the 'customer' came over with his accomplice-a girl- and asked for the gadgets, which he handed over to the girl. The girl left and the man asked the courier to accompany him to the nearest ATM so that he could pay up.

It was when the man did not turn up with the money that Kumar got suspicious and soon realized that he had been hoodwinked. While this is just one case of the couple's 'achievements', there are others with different other people. Kumar's colleague Rakesh complaints of the same.

In the first week of July, Rakesh says that he had been conned off Rs 71,000 by one Akshay Pandey in a similar manner. "Now, that we are aware of the modus operandi, we would be more careful," said one of the courier executives. Immideately after having said that, they got a chance when a girl called to order and changed the delivery point. The alert staff had by then cordoned off the escape routes and the man was not able to escape. The girl, however, is stil at large.

He was taken to the nearby police station, where he revealed his actual name and identity. A BTech dropout, the man identified himself as Imran Khan (30) and said that the couple belonged to Andaman & Nicobar islands.

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