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A 21-year-old insurance advisor from Nerul lost Rs 3 lakh after she scanned several codes sent by a prospective customer to buy an insurance policy. Police said that a total of 16 transactions took place from Rs 1900 to Rs 44,444 within two days. While the fraud took place last month, the victim approached the police last week.

Police said that the complainant, a resident of Seawoods in Nerul received a call on June 13 evening from a person identified himself as Sahil Kumar, an army personal from Jammu and Kashmir, and showed his interest to buy an insurance policy. The complainant provided all the details after which he said that he would call back. Around 10.30 pm, she again received the call again and this time the caller identified himself as Anil Kumar and Sahil was his boss.

The complainant again provided all the details of the policy and asked to pay Rs 6632 as the first installment. The caller showed an inability to transfer the money and requested that he would send a code which she can scan and get the money. Within a minute, she received a Paytm code of Rs 6632 that she scanned. Meanwhile, the same amount was deducted from her account that she could not notice. The caller said that the money could not be transferred, so he was sending another code. This continued on June 14 also and they kept sending codes. In the same manner, the complainant used a different mobile phone to scan and a total of 16 fake transactions took place within two days. And during this period, she lost Rs 3,02,172. The complainant’s father died in January 2021 and money from his father’s account also was debited.

Meanwhile, the NRI police registered a case of cheating under section 420 of IPC and 66(C) and 66 (D) of IT Act and started the investigation.

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