A dry-fruit wholesaler’s urge to expand his business proved costly to him when he fell victim to an elaborate con and lost Rs 20.12 lakh.
Kalpesh Patel (47), a resident of Avadh bungalows on Science city road, was planning to expand business when he got a text message from US with an offer to make a business deal in the chemicals sector.
The message sender identified herself as Dr
Later, Anderson asked him to buy five other chemicals worth Rs 14.62 lakh. Patel did so but felt that something was amiss. He inquired and learnt that several other chemical suppliers had been conned in a similar manner. He then approached the
ACP Cyber Crime JM Yadav said, “In this case, the caller and the Himachal Pradesh based operator seem to be hand-in-glove. We have come across similar cases in the past in which Nigerians were found to be involved. We are probing the case.”
A 35-year-old woman, who wanted to update
However, on completing the procedure, Rs 5,000 got deducted from her bank account. Later, she filed a complaint of cyber-fraud with Paldi police station.
Ranip woman loses Rs 8.5 lakh
Rekha Yadav, a government employee, had a pre-approved loan of Rs 8.5 lakh. Based on this information, a cyber crook posing as a representative of the mobile service provider called her up and offered to upgrade her SIM card from 3G to 4G at no cost.
He said he would send her a link via text message to which she has to just reply with the message “y”. She was told her phone would be out of service for a day and restart 24 hours later with 4G upgradation. When her service did not restart, she approached the mobile service provider only to be told that they had not approached her with any offer.
Later, she found that Rs 2.71 lakh was withdrawn from her account and a loan of Rs 5.80 lakh taken in her name. Cybercrime ACP JM Yadav said, “This case is related to SIM swapping and this particular modus operandi has surfaced since June.”