Based on inputs provided via Twitter about a fake online shopping site cheating people by offering huge discounts on goods, the Central Crime Branch police in Bangalore on Saturday raided the office of Bigsop, an online shopping site located near the Agara lake in South-East Bangalore.
Six persons who joined hands to run the fake online shopping portal have been arrested, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime) Abhishek Goyal said. Police said the six created an attractive website http://www.bigsop.com to lure cutomers and used an ICICI Payment Gateway receive online payments from the customers. They flashed advertisements on the portal offering iPhones for just for Rs 599 and hundreds of Internet users coughed up payments but did not receive their phones.
When confronted by their users the accused claimed that they could not give out the iPhones for Rs 599 and instead suggested that the customers take home some product costing Rs 599. Some of the persons who fell for the offers on the website tweeted about the lapses to alert the police. The police formed a team and conducted a raid on the Bigsop office. The police found that the company was running a proper BPO operation to process the purchases and queries of gullible customers. The police have classified the case as a type of online phishing scam. A case has been registetered in the HSR Layout police station.