An online fraudster lured a 31-year-old woman, who works as an HR manager in a software company in Magarpatta city in Hadapsar, through a matrimonial website and then duped her of Rs 27.5 lakhs. The woman has lodged a complaint at Hadapsar police station, following which police have booked the fraudster, who told his name as Jerry Branch from London.
Police said that the woman, a resident of Hadapsar, came in contact with the fraudster through jeevansathi.com last month. Branch maintained contact with her through the wesbite and also through Whatsapp. The fraudster told her that he dispatched a gift for her through a courier service, which includes diamond ornaments worth $95,000.
Branch also send a receipt of the courier service and the link track order number to her. He told her that she would have to pay Rs 95,000 fine at the customs department. After some days, he again told her that she would have to pay Rs 5.53 lakh as insurance and VAT for collecting the gift.
Again after some days, Branch asked the woman that if she fails to produce an “anti terrorist certificate” and “power of attorney,” she would have to give Rs 17 lakh before November 10 to the customs, or else she would be declared a terrorist and arrested by the Indian agencies.
Police said that Branch lured the woman to get married to him, and so she agreed to pay the money. He gave her four accounts of different banks and asked her to deposit the money in it. “The woman deposited money to the tune of Rs 27.5 lakh in these four accounts from her and her father’s accounts through online transactions,” said inspector AB Jondhale.
Police said that the woman discussed the issue with a chartered accountant, who told her that it is case of cheating. So she approached the police and filed a complaint. Based on her complaint, police have booked Branch and the courier service named Niva Cargos under sections 420, 420, 506, 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 66 (c) (d) of the Information Technology (IT) Act.
Police said that the names of the fraudster and courier service are fake. Investigation is on to get details of the bank account holders in which the money was deposited.