Lawyer falls prey to online fraud, loses Rs 1.3 lakh

Team SoOLEGAL 24 May 2018 4:30pm

Lawyer falls prey to online fraud, loses Rs 1.3 lakh

A Supreme Court lawyer from New Delhi was allegedly duped of Rs 1.3 lakh by a person whom she met on a matrimony site.

The accused introduced himself as an NRI from United Kingdom and cheated the complainant on the pretext of sending her an expensive gift, for which she would have to pay some processing fee.

The woman started chatting with the accused, who claimed to be an engineer settled in Birmingham through the matrimonial site and exchanged phone numbers. She even got the man’s profile verified by the website, which confirmed that the man she was talking to was indeed settled in the UK – via an email.

The accused told the woman that he would be visiting India in August 2017 and would like to marry her at that time. The duo agreed on a court marriage, after which they decided to settle in the UK.

Following the conversation, the accused told the woman that he was sending a gift pack as an engagement gift and also shared an image of the package. He even mentioned her name of the courier service through which he was sending the gift pack.

A few days later, the woman received a call from a man claiming to be a representative of a courier service. He told her to deposit Rs 45,000 as customs duty, so as to get the package released and gave her the account details. The woman immediately transferred the money.

However, the woman was once again contacted by the same man the next day. This time, he told her that she had to pay an extra amount of Rs 87,000. Following this, she called the accused, who told her to give the money.

But this didn’t stop!

She was again asked to deposit Rs 90,000 more. But, when she refused the accused told her that he won’t marry her if she didn’t pay the amount. The woman then approached the police.

The police officers are now trying to find out the IP address of the accused’s profile. 

Tagged: Online fraud   SC Advocate  
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