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Old 16th October 2021, 09:55   #1
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Default Fraudsters taking fake bookings for the Ola E-Scooter

Thanks to Harshal A. Naik for sending this information in. Heartfelt gratitude for sharing it with other enthusiasts via this Team-BHP share page!

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The attached pic is the fake invoice received by my friend who is desperately willing to buy an Ola e-scooter.

After reserving S1 Pro, he was searching on Google about the delivery schedule. There he jumped onto a fraud link & received a quick call.

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The fraudster promised my friend that 'you can easily get the S1 Pro within 3 weeks if you pay 50% now & 50% at the time of delivery.’

And he received this invoice copy & he asked me to cross-check.

I immediately told my friend that this is a very, very fake invoice & do not open any link & do not pay any amount.

We can see in the attached pic:
  • Company name is wrong. The company’s legal name is - Ola Electric Mobility Pvt Ltd.
  • Company address & pin code is wrong/mismatching.
  • GST no. is wrong. It should be 15 digits & not 16.
  • Most importantly, how come any company will deliver expensive stuff like automobiles on a "COD basis"?
This is very much kind of a 'Jamtara Online Scam Module' now targeting Ola e-scooter customers. And these guys are happy even if they get 2-3 thousand Rupees.
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Old 16th October 2021, 10:06   #2
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Default Re: Fraudsters taking fake bookings for the Ola E-Scooter

And they have a "tall-free" number too
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Old 16th October 2021, 10:10   #3
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Default Re: Fraudsters taking fake bookings for the Ola E-Scooter

My First question would be, why so much 'desperation' to get an Ola S1 scooter?

Its not like it is the 'only' form of transportation, in existence today.

I understand, it has some Good specs & runs on a Battery.
I also understand that lot of interested people have booked the vehicle by paying a small amount.

So, why not wait a bit, and let the manufacturer do their job.
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Wow. I don't understand why there is so much hype about the Ola E-Scooter. Of course it is a great initiative and has the potential to be an inflection point in the Electric Scooter Landscape. Having said that, it is a new product from a company doing this for the first time and as far as I have seen, does not have anything path breaking over say what an Ather offers today. The constantly shifting test drive and delivery schedules is a clear indicator that Ola is working through some challenges before they are ready to scale out.

Glad that this scam has been quickly brought to light. Hope Ola also clearly puts out some messaging around this and also keeps the potential customers regularly informed about the status.

I maybe wrong here, but the marketing blitz around E Scooters seems to have created an impression that it is a revolutionary new form of transportation. Hope all customers make themselves clear on what an E Scooter offers and what it cannot before committing to the purchase.

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“my friend who is desperately willing to buy an Ola e-scooter.”

I’m sorry, but if you’re “desperately willing” to jump into an unknown cesspit, you’re asking for it.

Especially in the modern internet era I don’t see how you can get fooled easily by an idea such as this. In this case the cheated are more to be blamed (though, props to the scammers for pulling this off).
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Old 16th October 2021, 12:16   #6
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Thanks to Harshal A. Naik for sending this information in. Heartfelt gratitude for sharing it with other enthusiasts
Another thing is the obvious typo “tall free number”.

I guess they only scam short people?
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So did someone get it delivered as the delivery date shows 05.11.2021 ??
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It is hilarious as the invoice is a poor copy-paste job with multiple-sized fonts and types.

At the end of the day, why this level of impatience for a product that is not exactly first in any specific thing?

Thankfully, this scam can last another 20 days, if Ola does not move the delivery dates again.
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