Fake websites deceive people in the name of helicopter rides

Singh also said that this type of scam has not only appeared in UP but also in states like Punjab, Haryana and Delhi.

A preliminary investigation revealed that a gang operating on the border of Bihar and Jharkhand was committing such frauds.

“We even receive complaints from other states,” he added.

According to one of these victims, she paid a sum of Rs 50,000 for a trip to the shrines but she and her family members were not allowed to board the helicopter in Dehradun.

The reason, she was told, was that the tickets she had “booked” were fake.

According to the complaint, the victim received a call from a man claiming to be an agent of Dehradun-based Pawan Hans Ltd. Upon payment, the helicopter tickets were sent on WhatsApp after the fraudster took his Aadhar card, passport and Covid-19 vaccination details.

It was only at the time of boarding that it was found that all these tickets were fake.

Police officials advised people not to opt for private companies and ensure that a government authorized heliservice website for Char Dham Yatra is used and confirm the same with the department tourism.

Singh also urged people to refrain from transferring money or providing bank details to an unknown person.