A suspected scamster allegedly cheated a city-based businessman of Rs 40 lakh after offering him a ‘lucrative’ business proposal to export Ayurvedic medicines to London. The scamster is allegedly a woman. The victim met ‘her’ on social networking site Facebook and most of their interaction happened on this platform.
According to the victim Ahmed Babai, (56) a Kondhwa-based businessman, he got a friend request and message from the woman on Facebook in August. She identified herself as Klera Brosnon from London. The two started chatting on the social networking site. Two months into this “friendship”, the woman revealed to Babai that she was involved in pharmaceutical business and also dealt in Ayurvedic medicines which she imported from India with the help of a business agent operating from the company’s local office.
“She offered Ahmed the opportunity to become her partner in the business by becoming her Indian associate to replace the so-called agent. She gave him a phone number and address of her company’s Thane office and asked him to get in touch with the personnel to get details about the deal. When he called on the number, Ahmed spoke to a female executive who introduced herself as the company’s representative. Later, the woman asked Ahmed to deposit Rs 1.62 Lakh for sending their samples. Accordingly, Ahmed deposited the amount,” Anjum Baghwan, Police Inspector, Kondhwa Police Station said. After a few more days, the suspect asked Ahmed to deposit some more money for “finalising the business deal”. “Ahmed fell for the trick and deposited Rs 40 lakh in four different transactions. From the next day, the woman stopped chatting with him. Later, he himself went to the given address of the company in Thane but in vain. It was then he approached us and lodged a complaint against the woman,” Baghwan added. The police have collected call details between Ahmed and the ‘woman’. The police are also in the process of getting details of the account in which the victim had deposited the amount.