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Mumbai IT professional duped of Rs 37 lakh on pretext of earning online

Cyber ​​crime has been a menace to many and it seems that in yet another cyber fraud incident a Mumbai man, who is said to be working in an IT firm, has been duped in the name of online earning opportunity. But a huge amount has been cheated. The hoax took place through a Telegram channel and a website, both of which have now been taken down.

Mumbai Police has registered a First Information Report (FIR) and started investigation. Let’s find out how an IT professional from Mumbai lost Rs 37 lakh to an online fraud that claimed to offer online earning opportunities.

fraud on telegram

On November 22, a man living near Mira Road in Mumbai received a message on Telegram from an unknown woman who assured him that she could provide him with an online earning opportunity. The 40-year-old man, whose identity has not been revealed, was lured by the woman on the assurance that she could provide him a good commission by giving a good rating to the products of her company.

Rs 37.80 lakh bagged

Another woman contacted the man on Telegram and gave him a link to the website and asked him to log in and enter his details. The woman asked him to give 5-star ratings to various travel properties listed on the website. Once done, his earnings will be reflected in his e-wallet on the website.

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The victim started working on November 28 and noticed that his e-wallet started showing his earnings. Now, here comes a catch, the victim was asked to pay a premium fee every time he would complete a task which would be added to his e-wallet earnings and given to him in one go.

Lost Rs 37.80 Lakh

Till December 3, he had paid a huge amount of Rs 37.80 lakh on the website. His e-wallet was showing Rs 41.50 lakh on the day he planned to withdraw. However, his request was showing pending on the website. Later, when he came to know that the company’s website and Telegram channel had been deleted, he realized that he had been cheated.

Mumbai Police registered FIR

Realizing that he was cheated, the young man reached the police station to complain. The Mumbai Police registered an FIR under IPC section 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and section 66D of the Information Technology Act (cheating by using computer resource).


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