Online Gift fraud: Pune Woman with MBA Degree Falls Victim to Rs 37 Lakh Fraud

In a distressing incident, a 32-year-old woman residing in Pune became a victim of online deception, losing a substantial amount of Rs 37.88 lakh to an individual she encountered on the internet. Keep reading to discover the details of her unfortunate encounter.

New Delhi: With the rise of fresh fraud cases, online scams are becoming increasingly prevalent, causing people to suffer significant financial losses. Instances involving fraudulent couriers, deceptive PhonePe cashback offers, and enticing part-time employment opportunities are just a few examples. In a recent incident, a woman holding an MBA degree fell victim to an elaborate con, resulting in the loss of over Rs 37.88 lakh for an expensive gift.

In a distressing turn of events, a 32-year-old woman from Pune was deceived by an individual she met online, ultimately being swindled out of a substantial sum of money. Swiftly responding to the fraudulent encounter, the victim took action by promptly filing a First Information Report (FIR) at the Talegaon Dabhade police station.

According to the FIR, the accused meticulously crafted an appealing online matrimonial profile, masquerading as an employee of a renowned UK-based company. By deceitfully expressing a desire to relocate to Mumbai in the near future, he managed to capture the victim's attention, leading her to believe there was potential for a prospective marriage.

The woman fell into the trap of the fraudster who promised her an expensive gift once they agreed to get married. Subsequently, she received a call from someone in Delhi, claiming that the gift had arrived at the airport but required a customs fee of Rs 38,000 to be paid.

Believing the scammer, the woman transferred the specified amount to a bank account provided by the caller. However, her ordeal did not end there. She allegedly received a second call, this time from an alleged airport official in Delhi, who informed her that the value of the gift was an astonishing Rs 3 crore. To claim it, she was coerced into making additional payments for various charges, accompanied by threats of legal consequences.

Upon investigation, authorities discovered that the victim, despite being well-educated with an MBA degree, had communicated with the scammers through WhatsApp using fake identities. The police have taken legal action against the perpetrators and individuals involved in operating the bank accounts used for the fraudulent activities, under Sections 419 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code, along with relevant provisions of the Information Technology (IT) Act.