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Graphic designer from Pune duped of Rs 16 lakh over fake Rs 1.70 crore lottery

On April 11, the woman received a call saying her phone number had won a lottery of Rs 1.70 crore. However, in order to encash the lottery, the woman was asked to undergo certain procedures.  

pune Updated: Aug 05, 2018 16:33 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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A case under Sections 419 (cheating by personation), 420 (cheating) and 34 (common intention) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Sections 66(c)(d) of Information Technology Act was registered against four unidentified people at Faraskhana police station.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

A graphic designer from Kasba peth area was duped of over Rs 16 lakh by unidentified people. The four accused called her on her mobile phone and tricked her into believing that she had won a lottery for Rs 1.70 crore, said the 48-year-old graphic designer, who did not wish to be named.

On April 11, the woman received a call saying her phone number had won a lottery of Rs 1.70 crore. However, in order to encash the lottery, the woman was asked to undergo certain procedures.

The callers kept in touch through calls and emails. On multiple occasions, the woman was asked to pay various amounts of money. The woman agreed and made payments to various accounts, the details to which were provided to her.

“They made her believe by tricking her into believing that a part of the payment was already made. We have identified four phone numbers which were used to make the phone calls. The cyber crime cell is also working with us on the case,” saidShivaji Shirke, police inspector (crime) of Faraskhana police station, who is investigating the case.

The woman spent Rs 16,32,000 over a period of a month and a half. In May, she realised that it was a fraud and approached the police later. Four people were booked in the case based on the woman's complaint.

A case under Sections 419 (cheating by personation), 420 (cheating) and 34 (common intention) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Sections 66(c)(d) of Information Technology Act was registered against four unidentified people at Faraskhana police station.

First Published: Aug 05, 2018 16:33 IST