Panvel, June 30: Panvel City police registered a case of cheating under the IT Act after a 32-year-old woman from Panvel lost Rs 56 lakh to fraudsters. The woman lost money while paying different charges like Airport Clearance, Department Tax, GST, Currency conversions charges, among others to get the delivery of an item sent from another country.
The item was reportedly sent by a man to whom the woman had come in contact on a matrimonial site.
According to police, the complainant, a resident of Panvel got in touch with a man Advik Kumar on a matrimonial site. Advik claimed he was an engineer in the UK and he would shift to Canada for few days and then he would return to India to get married to her.
Police said that the man had also sent his bio-data and photo to the woman to win her confidence. Meanwhile, on June 27, Advik sought the complainant’s address to deliver a parcel that the complainant gave him. Later, Advik shared a tracking number of the parcel. When the complainant checked the tracking number, she found that the parcel was at the Delhi Airport.
On June 28, the complainant received a call from a cargo company and she was asked to pay Rs 32,900 as import duty for the delivery of the item. When the complainant checked with Advik, he asked to pay the money as he would return when he comes to India. She transferred the requisite amount. She again received another call and she was asked to pay Rs 1,21,500 for GST as the parcel is worth Rs 95,000 pounds. The complainant again checked with Advik who assured her to return all the money. In the same manner, for the Airport Clearance, Department Tax, GST, Currency conversions charges, among others, the fraudster cheated the complainant with Rs 56,63,100. However, taking all the money, the accused stopped responding.
The Panvel City police registered a case of cheating under sections 420 and 34 of IPC and 66 (C) and 66 (D) of IT act and started the investigation.