Fake ‘chopper for sale’ post goes viral; Pune man flooded with calls 

Pandurang Mhaske
Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Fed up with the calls, Shinde clarified that he did not own any helicopter or car. “After getting 50 to 60 calls for the same in a day, finally I started answering calls by saying that I am not selling any helicopter,” Shinde said. 

Mumbai: Laxman Shinde, a resident of Dhankawadi, Pune, received a call from an unknown number. The caller inquired about Shinde’s helicopter and expressed interest in buying it. Shinde was shocked due to the sudden call about a helicopter, which he never owned and was not aware of.
 
For some people, social media may be a form of entertainment or a platform to do mischief, but it proves a headache for victims of fake messages. Last week, there was a message on WhatsApp, which claimed there is a helicopter for sale. It described the helicopter as of 2009-make, a 6-seater, parked at Coimbatore, single owner and priced at Rs 17 lakh only. The price lured most of the prospective buyers. The mobile number of Shinde was given as that of the owner.
 
As the message went viral, the so-called owner started getting calls from across the country from prospective buyers for the helicopter. When Shinde got the first call, he ignored it, thinking it could be a misunderstanding or a cross-connection, but during the day he kept on getting calls continuously asking about the helicopter.
 
Fed up with the calls, Shinde clarified that he did not own any helicopter or car. “After getting 50 to 60 calls for the same in a day, finally I started answering calls by saying that I am not selling any helicopter,” Shinde said. 

Even after this, people kept on calling and finally Shinde had to switch off his phone. But the moment he switched it on, again calls asking for the helicopter started coming in. “Some callers even abused me,” he said. 
“I don’t want to go to the police as it will only further increase the headache,” Shinde added.  

Fake messages on social media
The same post went viral on Facebook in 2017 after it was posted on a Flat And Flatmate’s Facebook page. The page helps people looking for houses in Gurgaon and nearby areas. On the Facebook page, the description of the helicopter was same but the cost was quoted as Rs 2.8 crore.

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