In three separate cases of online frauds registered in Pune, three people including a software professional and two women were cheated on various pretexts by fraudsters. In the first case, a 30-year-old software professional, a resident of Ambegaon Khurd, was cheated to the tune of Rs 12,000 by a person, who had posted an advertisement on an online resale platform for an iPhone 5S on sale for Rs 12,000. The advertisement was posted in February.
The complainant Milan Thumar was made to pay the money on two different accounts of person who identified himself as Ajmer Alam and another woman. Thumar approached police after he did not get the phone despite repeated reminders and the person who had posted the ad stopped responding. An FIR under Section 420 of IPC and Section 66D of IT Act has been registered.
In another case registered at Yerawada police station, a 43-year-old woman, a social worker, was cheated through an ‘advanced fee scam’. In March, she was approached by a person who identified himself as James Jitu Mark, who said there was a package of unclaimed jewellery and made her pay Rs 96,000 for ‘getting it released’. She approached police after realising that she had been cheated.
In the third case, a 38-year-old woman, a resident of NIBM in Kondhwa, was cheated to the tune of Rs 1.07 lakh by a person whom she met online in July last year. The suspect, who identified himself as Ajay Kumar, and his accomplices, who identified themselves as Ranjan Kumar and Surendra Kumar, kept communicating with the victim on WhatsApp. They made her pay Rs 1.07 lakh for a ‘gift’ of GBP 25,000. The woman approached police after the men stopped responding.