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The Mumbai Police are investigating at least six such complaints, while the
The cops said that complaints have been submitted to police stations in Bandra, Khar, Santacruz, Ghatkopar and Chembur. “There are scores of apps that enable a user to make changes in the business listing information on search engines. Ideally, the search engines should notify the shop owners or the managers every time a change has been made, but in most cases, such a notification is not sent, or the shop owners and their staff don’t bother to check,” an officer who is investigating one of the complaints said.
Bandra resident Neeraj Kollah told Mumbai Mirror that he was fleeced of Rs 1,300 after he dialled a number that was listed in the name of a wellknown wine shop in his area. “I found the number on the internet and the person at the other end asked me to pay through
Similarly, a resident of Chembur said she approached the Tilak Nagar police after being fleeced. “I kept waiting for the bottles that never arrived,” she said. A senior officer from Tilak Nagar Police Station said a first information report will be filed soon.
Meanwhile, the shop owners said such incidents were a blow to their business because the patrons stopped buying from them after a bitter experience. Dilip Gyanani, president of the Maharashtra Wine Merchants Association, said all liquor store owners in the state have been asked to monitor the search engines and update their contact details.
Bali Rekhi, vice-president of the association, said five wine shop owners have complained about such fraud in the last three months. “Verbal complaints have also come in from Powai and Andheri. We want to tell the public that very few wine shops accept deliver requests, and those who do will only accept cash,” Rekhi said.
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