Fraud moving companies go by another twisted way to make themselves noted among the masses and come in contact with the public that is by listing itself on these famous B2B portals, like askxyz.com or Just Dial , and popular search engines.
This way is increasingly gaining popularity because of the wide acceptance and popularity of Search Engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc. and other B2B sites.
After seeing a company listed on these popular web portals enforces the customers to accept their credibility as they are completely ignorant about the fact that such listings are paid and before getting listed on these portals, they are not evaluated on any grounds. Hence, such a facility is opening doors for the fraud companies to perform their malicious operations in full swing.
When all the businesses are thriving online, the internet is even not left spared from the fraud companies’ tainted intentions. Nowadays, it’s a piece of cake for anyone to maintain a phishing web portal in order to trap innocent customers; using this fact to meet their wrong intentions, cheating companies are coming up with attractive phishing websites, similar or related to the name of a brand company, so as to woo innocent people to avail their services.
A case, out of many, came into the limelight recently wherein a moving company with the name Agarwal Shifting Solution (P) Ltd., similar to the name of the branded moving company, i.e., Agarwal Packers and Movers Ltd., evaded with the goods and money of Mr. Hitesh Arora. It is being lodged under the FIR No. 1229 Dt.12/08/2014 in Kharghar Police Station of Navi Mumbai. Mr. Arora hired Agarwal Shifting Solution (P) Ltd. because it fraudulently showcased itself to be the agent of the leading company in the field of relocation – Agarwal Packers and Movers Ltd. It was also maintaining a website that captured the attention of Mr. Arora. This is how Mr. Arora was trapped who is now in bits for having entrusted the task of moving to a fraudster and losing all his lifetime’s precious possession and money too. It was when he filled an enquiry form on the website of Agarwal Packers and Movers Ltd., the company and Mr. Arora both came to know about Mr. Arora’s unpleasant experience and that he was being cheated.
One other thing that has been concerning everyone is that these companies blatantly and falsely declare their associations with the brand companies. They showcase themselves as the agent of the brand companies, thereby not only attracting prospective customers of the brand company but also degrading the brand’s goodwill. One other ways they display their associations with branded companies is by operating with a name similar to the name of a brand company; for e.g. the leading company – Agarwal Packers and Movers Limited, is being bothered by the existence of fraudsters with the name similar to or related to it like Agarwal Packer & Mover, Aggarwal Packers & Movers, Agarwal Shift Packers & Movers, Agarwal Packerss and Moverss, etc.
Fraud companies misuse the name and goodwill of the companies who have put a lot of efforts and money to establish themselves over the years and then come out as the brand companies. To say, in the field of Packing & Moving only, there are a lot of moving companies that have been falsely claiming to be the agent of or have any type of associations with Agarwal Packers and Movers Ltd. or own a franchise of the APML, which is not the case any way. In general, APML has not been working through any agent or other party associations or even does not sell its franchise.
By making fake promises, such companies are weaving an attractive labyrinth to trap innocent people in it.
The cheating companies do not think twice before making a fake promise because the only thing that they desire for is the money. The insincere promises that they make to attract deals are like delivering the consignment within very short span, providing a lot of complementary services, etc.
Another way of such companies to attract deals fraudulently is by making their services available at unbelievably cheap rates. This is a kind of bait that helps them to trap people.
Many times, a cheating company adopts this way to woo customers. Unbelievably low prices tempt a lot of customers as everyone looks for a deal that will save their hard-earned money. One can come across a lot of deals flashing on the internet that succeeds in catching innocent people’s eye and lure them to avail their deceptive services, though at price as cheap as to save them thousand bucks, but at what cost? At the cost of their precious goods possessed over their lifetime?
These companies procure forgery documents that, no matter, helps them in limited ways, but at least they succeed in attracting customers by claiming to have possession of all the relevant documents like i-card, visiting cards, pamphlets, etc., which could easily pass the eyes of a layman by as the genuine ones.
Quoting the case of Mr. Khurana where Agarwal Household (P) Ltd. evaded with Mr. Khurana’s consignment and money, the company was backed by all the relevant forgery documents to sustain in the business. But a customer, who could not make out the difference between original and fake, could easily be taken in by the tricks played by such fraudsters, like Mr. Khurana was trapped.