A 29-year-old IT professional was scammed for a whopping Rs 26 lakh by fraudsters using the old online gift trick.
Pune: 29-year-old techie loses Rs 26 lakh to oline gift scam | Photo Credit: PTI
In a shocking incident from Pune, Maharashtra, a 29-year-old IT professional has been scammed for a whopping Rs 26 lakh by fraudsters online using the ‘gift’ trick. The techie was tricked into transferring the huge amount of money into fraudsters’ accounts under the belief that she would be getting a costly gift from her company’s boss in Australia.
As per a report in Times of India, the woman who hails from Pune has filed a complaint with the Hinjewadi police. She reportedly transferred Rs 26 lakh to the fraudsters at least two weeks ago and only came to know that she has been scammed after she asked for money from a relative, who got suspicious and came to Pune following which the scam was uncovered.
The fraudsters first told the woman to transfer some money as part of the fee and other charges for the ‘gift’. After the money was sent into their account, they tricked her into paying more by claiming that the gift was seized by customs officials at the airport.
“The woman had applied for two separate personal loans recently. She transferred the entire amount to various bank accounts. The woman then borrowed Rs3 lakh from her father-in-law and some money from her relatives,” sub-inspector Nandkumar Gabhale was quoted as saying by Times of India.
“She also asked her relative in Mumbai for some money. He got suspicious and came to Pune on Friday, afer which a complaint was lodged,” he added.
The police is currently investigating the matter and trying to identify the scammers. Incidents of online fraud in Maharastra continue to increase with each passing year and thousands fall into the trap of the lure of money or expensive gifts, cash-backs etc.