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The great Indian Tatkal scam! Here’s why you never got the train ticket in time

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Ever wondered why it is such a tedious task to get railway tickets booked in Tatkal? Well, here’s the answer. The Railways has found the reason behind the perpetual complaints of passengers not being able to get confirmed tickets even after turning up at the ticket counters at 10 in the morning, a time when the Tatkal windows open across India.

An internal probe revealed that 4000 confirmed berths were hoarded by scamsters within a minute if the opening of Tatkal Window, The Indian Express reported.

These touts who sell tickets at a higher price to passengers in need, were exploiting a “facility” in the reservation software. The facility allows someone who has already purchased a ticket to tweak journey details and book another train within seconds at the last moment.

Touts would buy tickets relatively for unpopular trains a day earlier and then exchange them within a matter of seconds for tickets on demanded trains between 10 am and 10:01 am.

“This took seconds,” Ajay Shukla, Member (Traffic), Railway Board, told the English daily. “We have now disabled this facility for the first hour after the system opens,” he added.

Booking clerks and other insiders were also involved in this multi crore scam. The railway ministry is devising a plan to take action against specific people involved in the scam.

Four arrests have already been made. The accused, identified as Mehtab Khan, Mehboob Malik, Santaram Yadav alias Pappu and P Naga Kumar, have been booked for cheating and criminal conspiracy. They also have violated the Information Technology Act, 2000.

After disabling the facility the railway officials closely monitored the booking patterns around India and observed that instead of 4000 train changes only a few changes were made in the first minute. “We believe those are genuine transactions by passengers altering their journeys,” Shukla said.

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Twitter working to fix cryptocurrency scam issue

On seeing that the threads were posted by "verified accounts", people fell in the trap and lost digital assets

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Twitter to curb cryptocurrency frauds.
Twitter to curb cryptocurrency frauds.
  • Twitter to curb copycat handles
  • This will help is curbing scams related to cryptocurrency
  •  Many people have lost assets due to fake accounts

As the issue of copying verified Twitter accounts to trick cryptocurrency users is becoming increasingly prevalent, the microblogging company has said that it is working to curb these copycat handles.

Twitter working to eliminate fake accounts. VOA
Twitter working to eliminate fake accounts. VOA

Company CEO Jack Dorsey on Tuesday replied to a tweet that complained about the ongoing cryptocurrency scam on Twitter in which several users have been tricked and their digital assets were stolen.

“We are on it,” Dorsey replied to a user who questioned the CEO if the company was taking note of it, Coindesk.com reported. On February 26, Dorsey had said that his company was aware of the issue and they “are fixing” the problem.

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Several users have been complaining about being duped on Twitter by fraudulent offers that promise a huge amount of Ether cryptocurrency in return for small initial deposits. These offers are being made by accounts that mimic well-known industry members and have a “blue tick” (verified account).

As a preventive measure, Twitter had banned several accounts, including the support team for cryptocurrency exchange Kraken despite they tried to warn others about the scam. On Tuesday, the ban on Kraken’s customer support handle was lifted.

“Good news, guys! @krakensupport is back! Strange that our initial appeal was also apparently handled by an automated system. Thank you all for your public outrage. Stay vigilant,” it announced.

Many people lost digital assets due to fake accounts on Twitter.
Many people lost digital assets due to fake accounts on Twitter.

According to the report, the scam began after an influencer posted a tweet regarding a fraudulent offer which was followed by similarly designed accounts.

In order to make the posts seem more legitimate, the spam accounts posted supportive messages, claiming that they have received the returns. On seeing that the threads were posted by “verified accounts”, people fell in the trap and lost digital assets. IANS

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