If you’re a travel agent and make train bookings from the official IRCTC website, then this news is extremely important for you, because IRCTC has cautioned its users of fraud booking.
The IRCTC has filed an FIR in this regard, besides updating an alert scroller on its tourism website’s homepage.
The alert scroller said, “IRCTC – IT Centre has received two complaints recently for fraud booking in the name of IRCTC. The fraud website is www.irctctour.com. The tour confirmation voucher for fraud is precisely the same as IRCTC. The mentioned details are mobile no.9999999999, landline no. +91 6371526046 & email–id: [email protected] are being used for selling tourism products in the name of IRCTC.”
“This office has already filed the FIRs from the counter also as online. An alert scroller has been updated on the tourism homepage. it’s requested to all to make awareness among the near & dear ones through different modes of communication; so as to prevent the fraud activities,” it added.
On January 21, the RPF busted an e-ticketing racket that has its roots in Dubai, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The racket is suspected to have generated revenue of Rs 10-15 crore per month, according to RPF DG Arun Kumar.
The kingpin of the scam, Hamid Ashraf is a resident of Basti district in Uttar Pradesh . Hamid Ashraf, who was earlier arrested by the CBI, is currently based in Dubai and is believed to be operating the fake e-ticketing racket from there.
A software developer, Hamid is alleged to be involved in the bombing of a Gonda school in 2019.
The mastermind behind the railway e-ticketing scam is additionally being hunted by IB, NIA, and RAW. He reportedly wrote a message to the DG of Railway Protection Force (RPF) listing out information on 25 things that allegedly expose the IRCTC’s security system.
Arun Kumar confirmed that he has received such a message and now the validity of the message is being investigated.
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