The online frauds are taking place at a very high rate and the fraudsters are coming up with new ways to commit frauds.
Recently, a 32 years old woman from Delhi was cheated by a scamster who posed as a Merchant Navy Officer from Sweden. The woman who lives in Pratap Nagar was in touch with the man named Pradeep Kumar Thakur since 15 September through a matrimonial website and he told the woman that he wanted to relocate and settle in Delhi.
As per the woman, Pradeep told her that he was planning to settle in India permanently with his mother and 5 years old daughter and they both started communicating on WhatsApp after exchanging numbers.
The victim further told the police officials that she was informed by Pradeep that he asked his agent to book a ticket to Delhi from Lisbon but later on, he informed that by mistake his agent booked his ticket for Mumbai from Lisbon so he would be taking a flight from Mumbai to Delhi.
However on 16 October, Pradeep called the victim and told that he had been detained by the Mumbai Customs Department and he needs help. After that, a woman who posed as a customs officer talked to the victim and told her that Pradeep was detained because of the possession of a Rs. 2 crore cheque which is above the prescribed limit for a traveler who is coming to India from a foreign country.
The victim got a little confused and worried; the fraudsters used this as an opportunity and eventually succeeded in making her transfer Rs. 6 lakhs. Soon the victim realized that she had been scammed and she contacted the police. As of now, a case has been registered under the sec 420 and sec 34 of the IPC and the cops have started the investigation.
We request our readers to be careful and cautious while interacting with someone online and never ever make any monetary transactions.