Ahmedabad woman loses life's savings of Rs 38 lakh to cybercrooks
AHMEDABAD: A 43-year-old woman from Chandkheda, working as an executive with a software developer firm, lost her life's savings of Rs 38 lakh to cyber fraudsters on November 16.
Posing as being from Mumbai police, the cyber fraudsters made Shriyanka Prajapati, a resident of Dhanvihar Residency in Chandkheda, transfer Rs 38 lakh from her savings account, saying they had found psychotropic substance MDMA (methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), passports and credit cards in an international parcel linked to her name.
They claimed that investigation had revealed that a person accused of money laundering shared a joint bank account with her and one of the fraudsters, posing as an officer from Mumbai Cyber Crime police, made her transfer the money.
In her FIR filed with Cybercrime police of the city on Saturday, Prajapati said she received a call from a man calling himself Harshwardhan from the Mumbai office of a courier service. He told her that a package with her name, booked from Mumbai to Iran addressed to a person named Zhang Lin, could not be delivered because it contained illegal articles. The caller claimed that the parcel contained five expired passports, four credit cards, clothes and 450 grams of MDMA and that shipment charges were Rs 52,705.
As Prajapati said that she had not booked any such consignment, the man allegedly told her that someone might have misused her credentials to do so, and while advising her to report the matter to police, transferred the call to an 'officer' from Mumbai East cybercrime police.
A woman, introducing herself as Mumbai police officer Avneet Kondal, came on the line and took Prajapati's personal details and Aadhar card details. Prajapati was told that she shared a joint account with an accused in a case of money laundering worth Rs 8 crore.
Kondal told Prajapati that she could face a 20-year sentence in the money laundering case if she did not follow her instructions. Prajapati was given details of an account to which she was told to transfer the money. When the woman went incommunicado, Prajapati realized that she had been duped and approached the police.
Cybercrime police registered a complaint of breach of trust, cheating and criminal conspiracy under IPC along with the charges of the Information Technology Act.