A 54-year-old man working with a private company in Turbhe MIDC in Navi Mumbai lost Rs 27,000 to a cyber fraudster while tracking a courier. He was cheated on the pretext of delivering the courier sooner.
According to the police, the complainant followed the instructions given by the cyber fraudster and lost the money. The victim was supposed to receive a courier in the first week of July, however, on July 6, after he did not yet receive the package, he called a customer care number.
After calling, he could not get through the number but instead received a call back immediately from another number on which the caller asked him whether his courier was delayed. Upon saying yes, the caller asked him to fill out a form and pay Rs 10 as a late charge to get the delivery fast.
The caller sent him a link from another mobile number and asked him to fill out the form and submit it, and soon after submitting, a link was also provided from another mobile number.
The complainant filled in all the details, including pin numbers of different payment platforms and followed the procedure. However, the same day, in the afternoon, he received a message that a transaction of Rs. 27,708 was made from his bank account. The victim then immediately contacted the bank customer care, and realising that he has been cheated, he blocked the account.
The victim then first approached the bank and later the police and lodged a complaint in this regard.
Meanwhile, the Turbhe MIDC police registered a case under sections 419 and 420 of IPC and 66 C and 66 D of the IT Act against unknown persons.