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Thursday, Nov 14, 2019

Pune woman gets a call stating that she has won a lucky draw; duped of ₹1.53 lakh

According to the complaint filed by the victim, a 32-year-old resident of Kondhwa, she had purchased a television from the e-commerce website, the accused claimed to be working with

pune Updated: Oct 14, 2019 16:22 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
On July 23, the victim received a call from a person named Anjali Devi who stated that the victim had won a lucky draw after her recent purchase
On July 23, the victim received a call from a person named Anjali Devi who stated that the victim had won a lucky draw after her recent purchase(PICTURE FOR REPRESENTATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY)
         

A woman has been duped of ₹1.53 lakh by unidentified callers who claimed to be employees of an e-commerce platform.

The accused called the complainant after she purchased an item from the e-commerce site and made the complainant believe that she had won a lucky draw. The accused stated that the complainant could claim either a Tata Safari or ₹12,50,000 as a part of the lucky draw.

According to the complaint filed by the victim, a 32-year-old resident of Kondhwa, she had purchased a television from the e-commerce website, the accused claimed to be working with.

On July 23, the victim received a call from a person named Anjali Devi who stated that the victim had won a lucky draw after her recent purchase.

The complainant disconnected the call, since she thought the call might be a hoax. However, the victim decided to search for lucky draw on the e-commerce website and saw a mention of the offer on the site, according to the complaint.

The victim then proceeded to call the number listed on the e-commerce website, which connected her to a man identified as Amit Singh.

Singh asked the victim to transfer ₹1,53,000 via three transactions in order to get the prize money (₹12,50,000) transferred to her account.

When the man asked her to submit ₹1,00,000 more, the victim grew suspicious. She registered a complaint with the cyber crime branch of Pune police on July 24.

A case under Sections 419 (punishment for cheating by personification), 420 (punishment for cheating), and 34 (common intention) of Indian Penal Code along with Section 66(d) of Information Technology Act has been registered against an unidentified person at Kondhwa police station. Mahadev Kumbhar, police inspector (crime) of Kondhwa police station is investigating the case.