Pune. A surprising case of online fraud has come to light from Pune in Maharashtra. Here a 64-year-old ex-serviceman became a victim of ‘online task fraud’. Under the guise of miscreants, he lost Rs 1 crore including his entire savings, retirement benefits and everything. According to media reports, the victim is said to be from East Pune area of Maharashtra. He was looking for online jobs to earn some extra money. According to a report in The Times of India, the fraud took place between February 13 and 26, but the victim lodged a complaint with Pune’s cyber police only a few weeks ago.
In his complaint to the police, the victim has said that he had downloaded a messaging application last year in which group chatting took place. After connecting with some people in the group, he received a message from an unknown person offering handsome money for doing simple online tasks.
Greed for online task
Online The victim agreed for the task. Then he was asked to press the ‘like button’ in a video sharing platform. Instead, it was said to give money. Initially, on completing the task, the victim got some money and was given a welcome bonus. Police say that after this the victim was asked to pay Rs 1000 for a prepaid task and on completion of the task he was told to get a huge amount. The fraudsters promised them more returns on prepaid tasks. He kept on accumulating money and exhausted all his savings.
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Police say that in the greed of earning more profit by trusting the scammer, the victim kept depositing more and more money and almost exhausted all his savings. However, then he came to know that no money has been deposited in his account. Police say the victim lost Rs 60 lakh in savings and retirement benefits. He also lost Rs 40 lakh, which he had borrowed from his son.
Amount transferred to 12 accounts
According to the investigation, the money deposited by the victim went to 12 accounts of 5 banks. Significantly, this is not the only case, which has come in the headlines recently. According to the police, 10 complaints of similar frauds have been received between the last week of February and March.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : March 31, 2023