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Jammu woman duped of Rs 4.37 lakh; Network of online fraudster busted

Last Updated on March 29, 2021 at 7:15 pm

Crime Branch Jammu has registered a criminal case against six cyber fraudsters for their involvement in cheating a Jammu woman by hatching criminal conspiracy and duping her of her of her money on the pretext of marriage.

A case has been registered against Atom Roy West Bengal, Zahir Hussain R/O West Bengal, Hazrat Ali R/O Bihar, Sartaj Hussain of West Bengal, Vinay Kumar of New Delhi and a woman Huinu from Manipur and others for their involvement in cheating.  

“A written complaint was lodged by the victim, living in Jammu, wherein she inter-alia alleged that suspect Dave Kumar approached her on Instagram and proposed her for marriage and after a couple of days forced her to receive gifts sent by him. Despite her denial the suspect sent the parcel and its tracking details. On checking the details and the shipping Agency United Nations Post Courier they were found to be fake” an official statement by police read. 

After sometime she received a call purportedly from a Customs officer namely Atom Roy about her parcel and told her to give Custom duties of Rs. 45,500 to claim the parcel. On verifying from Dave about the parcel he told her to pay immediately as it contained valuable items and she paid accordingly.

Next day she got a call from fake Custom Officer that a parcel was containing currency (100,000 pounds) inside it. On this she again got it verified from Dave and he asked her do as the Custom people would tell her to do as he wanted his parcel to reach her safely. Then she was sent e-mail regarding Anti-Money Laundering Certificate for which she had to pay Rs. 1,18,900. Again she got mail from Foreign Remittance Department, RBI, for which she had to pay Rs. 2,73, 000. Then she called upon International Bank Services Srinagar who told her stop immediately as it is a scam.

“On receipt of the complaint a preliminary verification was conducted by Crime Branch Jammu and during the course of enquiry Oral/documentary evidence was collected and the allegations were prima facie substantiated against the accused. It has been found that the accused have opened various bank accounts on fake/forged documents and obtained various SIM cards besides making fake Instagram accounts by impersonation and used the internet through fraudulent e-mails/Whatsapp and allured the complainant and other gullible victims to cheat them. In this manner the gang of fraudsters duped the complainant of her money to the tune of Rs. 4,37,400 by fraudulent means thereby causing  wrongful loss to her and wrongful gain to themselves.   As such, a formal case is registered in P/S Crime Branch, Jammu against the above mentioned accused persons under the relevant sections of law for in-depth investigation” read the official statement.