Promised Million Dollars, Man Loses Lakhs To Scamsters On Facebook

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.




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