A con man allegedly duped a woman of around Rs seven lakh on the pretext of rejecting an international parcel containing narcotics. The police gave this information on Saturday. The victim, Prachi Dhoke, said in her complaint that she had received a call from a person, who introduced himself as a customer service worker of a courier company.
Citing the complaint, the police said the man told the woman that an international parcel had arrived in her name, containing two passports, five ATM cards, 300 grams of charas and a laptop, which had been rejected.
When Dhoke told the man that he had not sent the parcel, the caller urged him to lodge a police complaint in this regard as his Aadhaar card had been misused.
Dhoke said in his complaint that after this the caller called a person, who introduced himself as a Mumbai Police officer. The said person told the woman that her identity card was being misused for international smuggling and money laundering.
The woman said, “They asked me to help in the investigation saying that they will give me a certificate that I am not involved in the case.” On the pretext the woman was asked to transfer Rs 95,499.
Citing Dhoke’s complaint, he said that after the accused demanded more money in the name of bail amount and investigation, the victim transferred a total of Rs 6,93,437.50 in four times.
Investigating officer Inspector Surendra Singh said that an FIR has been registered against unknown persons under section 419 (cheating by false identity), 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code in cyber crime, East Police Station on Friday.
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