In Pune the bank officer falls prey to the trickster's trap, Rs loses 9 lakh

PUNE: A 35-year-old Bank Officer Was Duped From Rs 9 Lakh By A Fraud She Had Met On A Marital Website Intended For Divorced Men And Women Who Were Willing To Remarry.

In His Profile, The Conman Had Identified Himself As A Pilot Of A Private Airline In The US. Based On The Woman's Complaint, The Police Registered A Violation Under Section 419 (cheating With Character) And 420 (cheating) Of The Indian Criminal Code And The Relevant Parts Of The Information And Technology Act.

The Complainant Works As An Officer At A Kharadi-based Multinational Investment Bank. After Her Divorce, She Had Uploaded Her Profile On The Website For Divorces In 2014. On October 23, 2018, The Complainant Had Received A Request From The Man To Make Contact.

He Posted A Profile Photo On The Website And Reported His Job As A Pilot's." The Woman Loved His Profile And Accepted It," Said A Police Officer.

The Wife Soon Received A Text Message From Her Husband.

" She Started Chatting With Him Through The Mobile Messaging Service. The Man Finally Suggested Marrying Her," The Officer.

" The Conman Had Also Earned Her Trust By Claiming That His Father Was Of Indian Descent And Sent A Photo Of His Pilot's ID Card On Her Cell Phone," He Added.

On November 2, 2018 The Suspect Contacted The Woman And Told Her That He Was In Poland And Had Sent Her A Gift. Eventually To Accept The Gift," The Officer Said.

The Scammer Told Her He Would Send The Gift Through A Courier Company And Send A Receipt Of Delivery To Her Cell Phone.

On November 8, 2018, A Prakash Sharma, Calling Herself A Courier Company Employee, Contacted The Woman And Told Her That The Package Had Reached India. He Told The Complainant That She Had To Pay Rs1.80 Lakh To Collect The Package As It Was In The" VIP Category" .

" When The Woman Told Him She Didn't Have That Much Money, He Told Her To Pay Rs 1.10 Lakh And Collect The Package," The Officer Said.

Because The Woman Was Reluctant To Pay The Amount, The Caretaker Kept In Touch And Forced Her To Collect The Package. After A Few Days, The Woman Received A Call From Another Person Who Introduced Herself As The American Consul General.

" The Person Sent Several Emails To The Woman And Also Contacted Her On Her Cell Phone. He Told The Woman That She Was Taking Legal Action Under The Charge Of Money Laundering If She Didn't Pick Up The Package," The Officer Said.

" The Person Also Told Her That She Would Not Be Able To Leave The Country For Seven Years And End Up In Jail. The Woman Frightenedly Contacted The Man He Had Met On The Website." She Took His Advice And Transferred Rs9 Lakh To Three Bank Accounts," The Officer Said, Adding That She Became Suspicious When He Told Her To Make More Money By Quoting Different Reasons To Collect The Package.

" When The Woman Told Him That She Had Transferred Almost All Her Savings, The Man Stopped Contacting Her. The Woman Then Showed The Identity Card To Some Of Her Friends. Was Duplicated," The Officer Said.