CYBERCRIMINALS PROMISE JOBS ABROAD, CHEAT COUPLE OF ` 10L
NAVI MUMBAI: A couple from Airoli lost Rs9.58 lakh falling prey to cyber thieves who promised him a job in the United States.
According to t he police, Nishigandha Kadam, 32, received a mail from someone from Hyderabad in April 2014 offering him a job in the United States. She contacted that person on the given phone number. He told her that jobs are available for her as well as her husband.
“That man t old her that they would have to make some advance payments for their visas and other formalities. The couple readily agreed to make the payment,” said R Katkar, senior police inspector of Rabale police station.
Between April 2014 and September 2015, the culprits took Rs9.58 lakh from the couple on various pretexts. They had been coordinating with him only on phone.
“After getting the money, the culprit stopped answering phone calls and stopped replying their mails. The couple realised they had been cheated. Still they kept trying to contact him. Frustrated, they registered a case,” said another police officer.
The police have registered an FIR under section 420 of the IPC and section 66 of IT Act.
Katkar said, “We are investigating the case, but there has been no development so far.”
According to the sources from city crime branch, over 50 such cases were registered in the city last year as opposed to 38 cases registered in 2014.
Pratibha Shendge, police inspector of Navi Mumbai cyber cell said, “In such cases the victims come to us only after paying the hefty amount to the fraudsters. It is also difficult where the fraudsters are based in. So creating awareness is the only solution for reducing such crimes.”