Mumbai: Woman duped of Rs 24,000 in online fraud

A 41-year-old woman was duped of Rs 24,450 in an online fraud in Borivli recently.

The victim had put up her house in Shimpoli on rent. She had placed an advertisement on a website on July 2. The accused, Zora Singh, posed as a renter and told the victim that he was interested in renting the place.

He told the victim that he was an army official and wanted to rent a flat here as he was posted in Mumbai. In her statement, the woman said that Singh even sent his identity card, canteen card as proof that he was an army man.

Sensing nothing amiss, the victim went ahead with the deal. Singh told her that he would pay her an advance. For that, he would send her a QR code to scan so that the money would be transferred into her account. First time, Rs 5 was deducted from the victim’s account, after which the accused told her to scan the code again. However, when she did it, another Rs 50 was deducted. The accused told her that there was a problem and made her scan the code again.

“Singh returned the small amounts that had got debited. This way he gained her trust. However, the last time when she scanned the code, Rs 24,500 got deducted. When she asked Singh to return the amount, he refused. He then stopped answering her calls,” the police said.

Realising that she was duped, the woman approached the Borivli police and lodged a case against Singh. He has been booked under relevant sections of the IPC and IT Act. No arrests have been made so far.

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