Bollywood actress orders headphones online, gets junk (iron piece) instead

Online shopping major Amazon is growing at an impressive pace in India, but this incident is likely to cause it embarrassment, and you can expect an apology soon from them.

Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha, whose father Shatrughan Sinha is a politician (and former actor), recently ordered premium headphones on amazon India, but instead received piece of junk (iron piece).

She expressed her displeasure by posting it on social media.

“Hey Amazon India! Look what I got instead of the Bose headphones I ordered! Properly packed and unopened box, looked legit… but only on the outside. Oh and your customer service doesn’t even want to help, that’s what makes it even worse,” Sonakshi posted on Twitter.

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When Bollywood celebs fell victim to online frauds

Online shopping has grown big time all over the world, and even in India its growing fast. But then there are certain things that you need to keep in mind, to ensure the experience doesn’t turn out to be a sour one.

But before we list the safety precautions, lets take a look at the Bollywood celebs who have fallen victim to online frauds in the past.

Nargis Fakhri Loses Rs 6 Lakh in Online Fraud

14 transactions were made through Nargis Fakhri’s credit card in the US (amounting to Rs. 6 lakh) while she was in Mumbai. The officials have filed the complaint under the sections of Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act.

Karan Singh Grover Falls Prey to Nigerian Online Lottery Scam

Bollywood actor Karan Singh Grover fell prey to the notorious Nigerian online lottery scam and lost Rs 5.6 lakh which was paid by him as ‘processing fees’ to claim his ‘winning prize money’.

The payment was made following an email received by him informing that he has won a lottery online. After making the said payment, the actor never received the promised sum and when he contacted his fraudsters they just disappeared.

Top Tips for Safe Shopping on Online Classifieds Marketplace

Here are some useful tips for safe shopping on online classifieds marketplace such as OLX and Quickr that will prevent you from becoming a victim of online fraud.

Most of these tips apply to buying used/second-hand products that are sold on sites like OLX and Quickr. On these sites, there you can find several used-items such as mobile phones, two-wheelers, four-wheelers, camera and laptops, that are put up for sale.

Although some of those deals can be very tempting, you need to be cautious to prevent being a victim of online fraud. Even the police are warning buyers before buying expensive used products online.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. Don’t pay money before seeing the actual product in person. Particularly, those would like to purchase they should the working condition of these products before making a purchase.
  2. Buyers and sellers are advised to meet in person and check the quality of the product before paying for it.
  3. Buyers should also be careful about sellers who refuse to meet in person as they could be fraudsters.
  4. Buyers should not trust those who insist them to send an advance or make payment online before getting the product.
  5. Never trust any seller who tries to convince through video calls that he lives abroad and wish to sell products.
  6. Never deal with sellers who refuse to reveal their address and contact number.
  7. Never do online transactions or send cheques to sellers.
  8. Never reveal your bank account number or any other information related to it to sellers.
  9. Buyers should not trust anyone who attempts to sell products at a lesser price claiming to be at the customs, airport or harbor.
  10. If cheated online, people should bring it to the notice of the police and lodge a formal complaint.

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Here’s on overview of Basic Consumer Safety when shopping online.

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