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Navy officer loses Rs 11 lakh to ‘lucky draw’

Jaygeet Jayprakash Jaiswal, the complainant, resides in Navy Nagar, Colaba. Jaiswal was scheduled to get married this year and was busy planning for his marriage when he received a phone call from fraudsters.

mumbai Updated: May 06, 2019 03:12 IST
Vijay Kumar Yadav
Vijay Kumar Yadav
Mumbai
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A 27-year-old Navy officer from the city lost Rs 11.11 lakh to cyber fraudsters, who told him he had won a lucky draw and had to pay money to claim the prize.(HT File)

A 27-year-old Navy officer from the city lost Rs 11.11 lakh to cyber fraudsters, who told him he had won a lucky draw and had to pay money to claim the prize.

The accused posed as executives from an online shopping website and a private bank.

Jaygeet Jayprakash Jaiswal, the complainant, resides in Navy Nagar, Colaba. Jaiswal was scheduled to get married this year and was busy planning for his marriage when he received a phone call from fraudsters.

In his complaint to the Cuffe Parade police, Jaiswal said the accused told him he had won Rs12.60 lakh in a lucky draw.

“The accused told the complainant that he had done shopping on their online shopping website and his name has been selected as the winner of the lucky draw,” said an officer from Cuffe Parade police station.

In order to claim the prize, Jaiswal was instructed to deposit money on several instances under various pretexts for “processing” his prize money. When Jaiswal started suspecting something fishy and stopped depositing more money, the accused cut off all communication with him.

Realising he had been duped, Jaiswal approached the police.

Police have registered a first information report (FIR) against unidentified persons under sections 419 (cheating by personation), 420 (cheating) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). They are in the process of getting details of the bank accounts in which money was deposited by the complainant.

First Published: May 06, 2019 03:12 IST