Social media ‘friend’ cheats 32-year-old woman of Rs 6.5 lakh

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 07, 2016 09:52 IST
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Accepting a friend request from a stranger on a social networking site landed a 32-yearold homemaker from Dadar in trouble as she was cheated of Rs6.5 lakh.

According to the police, one Steve John sent a friend request to the complainant on a social networking site in February. An officer from Dadar police station, who did not wish to be named, said, “The man and the complainant exchanged numbers and remained in touch over messenger and phone.”

The woman then revealed to the ‘friend’ that she was going through a financial crises. To this, he said he will send her a present on March 28. “The next day, she received a call from a woman claiming to be customs official who said a gift box consisting of 23,000 pounds has been received in her name. The caller threatened to register a complaint against her if she did not pay Rs19,500 to get the money,” said the officer.

The woman called the complainant again on March 30 and transferred Rs49,000 and Rs65,000, respectively. “She then got a call from another person claiming to be a bank official who said the money she deposited for the customs has not been cleared and she will have to pay more,” said an officer. She ended up paying Rs1.41 lakh, Rs2.83 lakh and Rs72, 600.

“Whenever she asked John, he always asked her to pay the amounts the officials were asking her to pay,” the officer said, adding, “After John started ignoring her calls, she registered a case at Dadar police station,” the officer added. The case has been registered under relevant section of cheating under Indian Penal Code and Information Technology Act.

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