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Cyber crook dupes Abohar man of Rs 1 lakh

punjab Updated: May 30, 2016 15:47 IST
Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar
Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar
Hindustan Times
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The victim told police that a month ago, he received a ‘friend request’ on Facebook from one ‘Brenda Scot’, claiming to be a British citizen, who was residing in London(Representative image)

An Abohar resident had to pay a heavy price, quite literally, for befriending with a woman on Facebook.

A cyber crook duped Gurjinder Pal Singh of Rs one lakh by disguising as a British female.

The victim told police that a month ago, he received a ‘friend request’ on Facebook from one ‘Brenda Scot’, claiming to be a British citizen, who was residing in London.

“In her friend list, there were many persons hailing from Abohar, so I too accepted the friend request and gradually we became friends and even started chatting frequently,” he informed police.

“We also exchanged our mobile numbers while few days ago, she desired to visit Punjab and I welcomed it and asked to receive her at Amritsar airport,” said he. In the meantime, she sent her a copy of air ticket from London to Amritsar, on mobile.

On May 12, when he reached at Amritsar to receive his friend, he received a call from a person, Rohan Verma, claiming to be a custom officer from Mumbai airport.

“Verma said that Brenda had reached Mumbai airport instead of Amritsar and her luggage was seized because of it being overweight and if he wishes to get release the same, an amount of `99,500 has to be deposited into an account,” he said.

“I deposited the said amount in the account. But again I received a call to deposit another amount of `2,65,000 as final payment to clear her luggage, which raised my ears. When I called Verma to give his identity details, his mobile went switched off,’’ he said in the complaint.

Since then, he had been trying Brenda’s number but to no avail. Realising that he had been duped, he informed the police on Saturday.

Narinder Bhargav, SSP Fazilka said a case under section 420 (cheating) of the India Penal Code, besides IT act had been registered and further investigation was on.

How the victim was tricked

The woman told the victim that she was coming to Amritsar. On May 12, when he reached at Amritsar airport to receive his friend, he received a call from a person, Rohan Verma, claiming to be a custom officer from Mumbai airport. “Verma said that Brenda had reached Mumbai airport instead of Amritsar and her luggage was seized because of it being overweight and if he wishes to get release the same, an amount of Rs 99,500 has to be deposited into an account,” he said.

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