A 29-year-old Navi Mumbai resident has filed a complaint at Kalamboli Police Station saying a woman and her accomplice duped him and his friend of Rs 5.24 lakh on the pretext of getting him an employment visa to Maldives.
The complainant and his friend have been hunting for a job overseas and visited an office in Kharghar for the same. “The complainant and his friend were told by the accused that need to pay Rs 2.5 lakh each for work visas. This was before the Covid-induced lockdown. In July last year, the victims were contacted by the accused who asked them if they were ready to work in Maldives. The duo agreed, after which on different occasions till September 2020, they paid a total of Rs Rs 5.24 lakh,” a police officer said.
On September 26, 2020, the duo received e-visas in their email. Two weeks later, they received another email work offer letters from two Maldivian companies. On enquiring, the duo realised one company didn’t exist while the other had not issued any offer letter.
“The victims shared their e-visa details with the Maldives Embassy and found the visas were fake. A case has been registered under sections 34 (common intention), 406 criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record) of the Indian Penal Code,” the officer said.
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