Fraudsters dupe woman of Rs 18 lakh with gift bait | Pune News

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Pune: A man, who claimed to be based in the United Kingdom, cheated a 43-year-old foreign language teacher from Wanowrie to the tune of Rs18 lakh after promising to send an expensive gift to her, the police said.
The crime took place in December 2020 and January, this year. The woman lodged an FIR with the Wanowrie police station on Tuesday.
Inspector SP Salgaonkar of Wanowrie police station said, “The woman runs foreign language coaching facilities in Wanowrie and Kondhwa.”
According to the FIR, the woman accepted the man’s friend request on her social networking profile in December 2020. The man claimed he was a medical practitioner based in UK.
A police officer said, “The woman and the man started chatting with each other via online messenger service. While chatting, they also exchanged phone numbers. They chatted with each other for about 15 days and the man promised to send her an expensive gift from UK,” the officer said.
“The complainant liked the gift idea and shared her address with him,” inspector Salgaonkar said.
“In January, this year, the man called to inform her that he had dispatched the gift to her. A few days later, he called again and told her that the gift had reached an airport in India, but it had been impounded by customs officials,” Salgaonkar said.
“He informed her that customs officials would release the gift only if the fee and some other charges are paid. The man told her that the officials could also act against her, if she did not pay up,” an officer said.
“The man then shared bank account details of a woman with the victim. He claimed that the woman is a customs official. Following this, the woman transferred the money to an e-banking facility. The complainant used all her savings and fixed deposits (FD) to transfer the money to the suspicious account,” he said.
The police have registered a case of criminal breach of trust, cheating, and invoked provisions of the Information Technology Act against the man as well as the operator of the suspicious bank account.
Some months ago, an IT professional lost Rs26 lakh to a similar online scam in which she was promised a valuable gift.
The ‘free gift’ ploy is a popular phishing bait, wherein scammers target vulnerable individuals by offering to send them some form of tangible goods but before the transaction is completed the criminals seek funds from the victim. The lure of the gift is such that the victims give away large sums of money before realising that they have been tricked. In such matters, a crime is usually registered with the police many days after the funds are siphoned off.
Pune: A man, who claimed to be based in the United Kingdom, cheated a 43-year-old foreign language teacher from Wanowrie to the tune of Rs18 lakh after promising to send an expensive gift to her, the police said.
The crime took place in December 2020 and January, this year. The woman lodged an FIR with the Wanowrie police station on Tuesday.
Inspector SP Salgaonkar of Wanowrie police station said, “The woman runs foreign language coaching facilities in Wanowrie and Kondhwa.”
According to the FIR, the woman accepted the man’s friend request on her social networking profile in December 2020. The man claimed he was a medical practitioner based in UK.
A police officer said, “The woman and the man started chatting with each other via online messenger service. While chatting, they also exchanged phone numbers. They chatted with each other for about 15 days and the man promised to send her an expensive gift from UK,” the officer said.
“The complainant liked the gift idea and shared her address with him,” inspector Salgaonkar said.
“In January, this year, the man called to inform her that he had dispatched the gift to her. A few days later, he called again and told her that the gift had reached an airport in India, but it had been impounded by customs officials,” Salgaonkar said.
“He informed her that customs officials would release the gift only if the fee and some other charges are paid. The man told her that the officials could also act against her, if she did not pay up,” an officer said.
“The man then shared bank account details of a woman with the victim. He claimed that the woman is a customs official. Following this, the woman transferred the money to an e-banking facility. The complainant used all her savings and fixed deposits (FD) to transfer the money to the suspicious account,” he said.
The police have registered a case of criminal breach of trust, cheating, and invoked provisions of the Information Technology Act against the man as well as the operator of the suspicious bank account.

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