Raipur Rani resident eyeing prize of SUV loses Rs 9.6 lakh
Believing a text message announcing him as the winner of a Tata Safari has cost a Raipur Rani resident Rs 9.6 lakh of his own money.punjab Updated: Aug 12, 2018 22:15 IST
Believing a text message announcing him as the winner of a Tata Safari has cost a Raipur Rani resident Rs 9.6 lakh of his own money.
Balwinder Singh, 36, of Toda village, Raipur Rani, approached the police on Saturday with a complaint against the fraudsters.
Singh, who works in a private company in Jaspur village, here, stated in his complaint that last month he bought a mobile cover online. A few days later, he received a call from one Rajesh, claiming to be the representative of Shop Clues, and announcing him as the winner of a Tata Safari car as a result of his online shopping.
“The person told me that I can either take the car or money equivalent to it. He then asked me to deposit Rs 6,500 in their account for registration, which I did. Later, mentioning different types of taxes, he asked me to deposit Rs 25,600, Rs 38,400 and Rs 89,600 in different bank accounts,” Singh submitted in his complaint.
Singh further alleged that Rajesh told him to maintain up to Rs 5 lakh his father’s bank account.
“After taking all details of my father’s bank account, they fraudulently withdrew Rs 5 lakh from it. When I asked about it, they said that the amount was safe under supervision of the Reserve Bank of India,” Singh alleged.
They further lured him by claiming that the amount he had deposited will be refunded once the Rs 12.8 lakh prize money is deposited in his account.
Inspector Mahender Singh, station house officer (SHO), Raipur Rani, said, “Last week, they again asked him for Rs 1.02 lakh and Rs 2 lakh, which he deposited in different accounts. It was after they asked him for another Rs 3 lakh that he got suspicious and refused.”
On the basis of Balwinder’s complaint, a case under Sections 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered. The SHO said they were trying to trace the phone numbers from where the victim received calls and other facts of the case.
First Published: Aug 12, 2018 22:14 IST