SRINAGAR A man has been duped of over Rs 2.5 lakh by a woman he befriended on Facebook, Crime Branch Kashmir said on Tuesday.
Crime Branch Kashmir said it initiated a preliminary enquiry on a written complaint received from a person who befriended a woman on Facebook and was promised gifts worth 1.5 Million US Dollars during subsequent chats.
The woman had claimed she wanted to help poor and needy people and was sending the man a parcel containing gifts worth 1.5 Million US Dollars by September 12, a Crime Branch spokesperson said in a statement.
On that particular date, he received a phone call from a person pretending to be a delivery boy, namely, Williom who informed the complainant that his gift parcel has reached Terminal-3 of IGI Airport New Delhi. Then he received another phone call from Sunita Anand pretending herself to be immigration officer, and induced him to deposit Rs. 55,500 and Rs.1,86,000 as custom clearance charges etc, the statement said.
The enquiry conducted revealed that the complainant has transferred amount of Rs. 2,41,500 and deposited in the Bank A/C No. 37844281680 of SBI Branch Gorakhpur, maintained in the name of Vinay S/O Janardan R/O Post Piprach Village Mahuwa Khurd-188 Gorakhpur. It also came to fore that cell numbers used by suspect to defraud the complainant exists in the name of MD Phul Sharief R/O Wazirpur Delhi, it added.
Despite having deposited an amount of Rs 2,41,500, the parcel never arrived and the complainant was cheated by accused persons. A case has been registered punishable U/S 420 RPC, 66-D I.T Act.