Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan [email protected]­dus­tan­

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.”

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