The most recent “online task” fraud victim is a man from Navi Mumbai. According to reports, the 33-year-old guy was tricked out of more than Rs 43 lakh by con artists who tempted him with promises of quick money. WhatsApp
A Navi Mumbai man has fallen prey to the newest “online task” scam.
The 33-year-old man is said to have lost more than Rs 43 lakh to con artists who enticed him with promises of handsome profits.
The fraudsters used WhatsApp to contact the man, a local of the Koparkhairane neighborhood.
The most recent “online task” fraud victim is a man from Navi Mumbai. According to reports, the 33-year-old guy was duped by con artists into parting with more than Rs 43 lakh.
The fraudsters used WhatsApp to get in touch with the individual, who lives in the Koparkhairane neighborhood. According to a police officer quoted by PTI, he was persuaded he might make significant money if he worked a part-time job that involved internet duties.
“Hoping to earn good returns, the victim ended up paying Rs 43.45 lakh in different bank accounts but never received any remuneration,” the official said quoting the First Information Report.
A case was registered under section 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). So far, no arrest has been made in the case.
In order to acquire victims’ trust, “online task” fraud often involves tricking them into completing activities like liking videos and making tiny payments at first. The victims were later persuaded to make investments with the promise of high returns.
A similar incident involving a Mumbai-based individual who attempted to make some additional money online a few days ago resulted in him losing about Rs 18 lakh. Scammers approached the 48-year-old man and offered him the chance to make some quick money online. He only needed to finish a few “tasks.”
The victim, a Kharghar resident, reported to the authorities that he received requests for ‘prepaid’ online jobs with high payouts. The victim did initially make some money from these duties.
He transferred the money into several accounts, hoping to earn returns, but in the end he lost Rs. 17.9 lakh. According to the victim, the money was moved to four other bank accounts.
Based on the man’s accusation, the Navi Mumbai cyber police station opened a case of cheating.
Another incidence involved a 66-year-old Navi Mumbai man who attempted to earn some additional cash by performing an online work but lost Rs 17 lakh.
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