3 duped of Rs 10 lakh in twin cities

Cyber criminals allegedly defrauded three people in the twin cities of around Rs 10 lakh.

TNI Bureau: Odisha has seen an increase in cybercrime, with three new cases reported on Friday from Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.

Cyber criminals allegedly defrauded three people in the twin cities of around Rs 10 lakh.

According to a complaint filed with Cuttack Cyber Police by a Cuttack-based girl, the victim met the cyber fraudster on Instagram and the two became friends. He introduced himself as Mohammed Daniel, a Scottish engineer, and promised to marry the girl.

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After gaining the girl’s trust, the fraudster claimed to have sent the victim a costly gift. He inquired of the girl whether the gift had arrived at the airport. He also asked her to pay a customs fee in order to receive the gift. The victim sent Rs7.95 lakh to four accounts in order to receive the gift. When she did not receive the gift despite depositing a large sum, she realised she had become a victim of crime.

“The swindler had a deposit of Rs 15,000 as custom charge for receiving the gift,” IIC Chandrika Swain said. He had also sent a photo and video of the gift in order to gain the victim’s trust. The fraudster then began chatting with the victim as a custom officer from a different phone number, asking her to deposit the same amount in order to receive the gift.”

In a separate incident, a girl’s gesture to assist an injured dog cost her her life.

According to the complainant, she used Google to look for an animal care number in order to treat an ailing dog. During the process, she came into contact with cyber fraudsters who, posing as service providers, asked her to register for a fee of Rs 5. The fraudster cleverly obtained her account number and defrauded her of Rs 5,000.




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