NRI in Navi Mumbai Cheated of Rs 32 Lakh in Threat Scam; Cyber Fraud Cases Rise

82-year-old NRI from Navi Mumbai was cheated off Rs 32 lakh by three persons who threatened to get him arrested for various offences. Read More

Cyber Fraud
Dubai Return NRI Got Cheated Off ? 32 lakh by 3 men (Representational Image) (Credits: iStock)
Mumbai: An 82-year-old Dubai return NRI was allegedly cheated of Rs 32 lakh by three persons who threatened to get him arrested for various offences, cops said. The elderly person was staying with his son in Maharashtra’s Navi Mumbai after returning from Dubai.
The accused threatened the victim previously between May 12 and 18 claiming that offences had been registered against him on charges of involvement in anti-national activities, drug peddling and in the Pulwama attack and had contacted him on several occasions, according to an official from Navi Mumbai's cyber police station said on Monday.
The 82-year-old was made to believe that he could get arrested because of these crimes. The accused sent him some fake documents claiming to be from the Narcotics Control Bureau and a confidentiality agreement to him on WhatsApp and the victim was forced to deposit ? 32,13,305 in different bank accounts, the official added further.
The victim made a complaint on Sunday and an FIR was lodged against the three fraudsters under relevant Indian Penal Code sections for cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy, personation and criminal intimidation as well as provisions of the Information Technology Act, the official said.
Last month another similar case happened in Navi-Mumbai when a man fell victim to cyber fraudsters who convinced him to invest ?45.69 lakh in share trading with promises of high returns, according to a Mint report. The 44-year-old man informed the police that the accused contacted him on different social media platforms and manipulated him to invest in share trade promising him good returns. According to the report, the victim invested ?45.69 lakh between March 2 and April 14 but did not get any returns.
In another case a 53-year-old woman lost a total of ?2.73 lakh to a cyber fraudster who posed as an encounter specialist, DCP Pradeep Sawant, to cheat her. According to the police, the accused told the woman that her documents were used to open bank accounts and move money obtained illegally as part of a money laundering and drug trafficking plan.
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