Online fraudsters dupe Maharashtra man of Rs 9.3 lakh

Times of India | 4 days ago | 06-08-2022 | 09:14 pm

Online fraudsters dupe Maharashtra man of Rs 9.3 lakh

PUNE: The Pimpri Chinchwad police are investigating a complaint by a 37-year-old employee of a private company stating that unidentified fraudsters cheated him of Rs 9.3 lakh by promising him a franchisee of a prominent US-based fast-food company. The cheating took place between June and July this year, when the victim first received an email stating that the company was providing franchisees to interested parties and he responded to the mail and received an online form. The victim on Friday lodged a complaint with the Chinchwad police station. According to the police, the email id of the fraudsters looked very similar to that of the company’s. The victim filled the form which asked for his details, details of his ID card and others. After submitting the form, he received a mail stating that his application has been rejected. However, after receiving this mail, he received a call from a fraudster and the fraudster claimed that he was a representative of the company and he looks after the franchise section of the company. He asked the victim to fill out the form again. “As soon as the victim submitted the form again, the victim received a call from the fraudster asking him to transfer money for registration, NOC, and other charges. In all, the victim transferred Rs 9.31 lakh and then the fraudsters sought Rs 19 lakh for a license,” an officer from the Chinchwad police said. “The victim then became suspicious and approached the police,” police said adding, “The victim became suspicious after the fraudsters, who were posing as company officials, refused to give him any receipt either electronic or a paper one. They also refused to meet him in person,” he said. “The preliminary investigations revealed that the money has gone to a bank account with a public sector bank located at Goregaon (West), Mumbai”, police said adding, “Further probe is going on”.

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