Online fraudsters are on the prowl and several citizens have reported of being duped recently. In one such case, online fraudsters reportedly operating in the name of Border Agencies Company, Delhi, duped 33-year-old Ramesh Naidu Didukuri of Hinjewadi of Rs 1.45 lakh.
Police said the fraudsters contacted Didukuri on email and then on phone in February this year. They promised to arrange his visa for going abroad. Police said that the fraudsters made him pay Rs 1.45 lakh as processing fee for various documents for obtaining his visa.
Accordingly, Didukuri deposited the money in a bank account given by the fraudsters, but got nothing. Police have lodged a complaint under sections 419 and 420 of IPC and sections 66 (c) and 66 (d) of IT Act.
Cyber criminals cheated another 47-year-old woman of Rs 5.39 lakh after giving her false information regarding an online gift for her son. Police have booked a suspect named Prakash Girish and three of his unidentified accomplices under sections 419 and 420 of IPC and sections 66 (c) and 66 (d) of IT Act.
Senior police inspector SS Bhosale said that the woman got in touch with the fraudsters through internet in September 2015. They offered a gift to her son against which they asked her to pay money as certain charges.
“The woman is educated, but still failed to understand the mischief of the fraudsters,” Bhosale said. Police said that the woman deposited Rs 5.39 lakh in bank accounts given by the fraudsters in different installments, but got nothing in return.
In the third case, fraudsters who floated an online ‘earn from home’ advertisement in the name of MTSI Advertisement Private Limited, Madhya Pradesh, managed to gain the trust of one Sujas Suhas Shah (34) of Manikbaug in January 2014.
Shah decided to invest money in the company expecting good returns. Police said that he invested Rs 4.3 lakh. He did get back Rs 2.3 lakh, but then the payments stopped coming and he suffered a loss of about Rs 2 lakh. Police have booked one Dhananjay Sharma and five of his aides under sections 420. 406, 506 and 34 of IPC and sections 66 (c) and 66 (d) of the IT Act.
Meanwhile, an online fraudster duped a youth named Swapnil Choudhary (27) of Rasta Peth by sending him a fake I-T notice on email in May 2015. The fraudster reportedly said that Choudhary will have to pay an income tax of Rs 2,25,020.
Choudhary, a native of Solapur, went to the I-T office in his native place with the copy of the notice. Officials there told him that the notice is fake. Police said that the fraudsters made Choudhary deposit Rs 1.3 lakh as income tax. Police have registered a complaint under section 420 of IPC and section 66 (d) of the IT Act.