Last week, veteran actress Shabana Azmi said that she was a victim of an online scam and mentioned an online alcohol delivery platform where she had placed the order.
However, she later clarified that the company mentioned in her Twitter post was not involved in the fraud.
Interestingly, her husband and veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar’s old tweet on liquor shops opening amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has resurfaced.
In May 2020, when the country was under a nation-wide lockdown, Javed had tweeted, "Opening liquor shops during the lock down will only bring disastrous results. In any case according to all the surveys nowadays domestic Violence has increased to a large extent. Liquor will make these days even more dangerous of for women and children."
In a Twitter post on Thursday, Azmi had said that she never received the prepaid order she had placed with the alcohol delivery platform Living Liquidz.
Later in the day, the actor said she has spoken to the owners of the platform and they have no link with the "fraudsters".
"Finally traced the owners of Living Liquidz and it turns out that the people who cheated are fraudsters and have nothing to do with the brand Living Liquidz," Azmi said.
The actor urged Mumbai Police and the Cyber Crime department to take strict actions against those involved in the scam.
"I urge Mumbai Police and the Cyber Crime department to take action to stop these crooks from using names of legitimate businesses and scamming us".
Moksh S Saini, Director, Living Liqudiz, said they have already reported the issue to the police and cyber cell and have also raised a concern with Google about letting anyone use any name without verification.
"It is extremely unfortunate that there are several people out there who are using not just our name but also of other liquor stores and circulating fake numbers to dupe customers into transferring money in exchange for product and we sincerely hope that the authorities can bring these criminals to justice," Saini said in a statement.Shabana Azmi cheated in online payment scam while ordering alcohol
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