Fraudsters using lucrative deals to trap victims in city

Sunil Pradhan
Saturday, 12 January 2019

Cyber expert Anil Raj of Cybervault Security Solutions Private Limited said the fraudsters are bound to use different techniques and people should not fall in such traps. 

Pune: Just as the Chatuhshrungi police busted the gang involved in selling dry fruits door-to-door and skimming bank account details of people, the city police have found that fraudsters are using lucrative offers to cheat people of their money. 

The Chatuhshrungi police said the gang was selling dry fruits at a cheaper rate and was insisting on card payment. 

In another incident, on Tuesday, the Khadki police lodged a case against an unidentified person for cheating a 66-year-old woman to the tune of Rs 1.44 lakh in 2018. 

The victim told the police that she received a call from an unidentified person who asked her to invest in shares of his company identified as Bonaz Capital Investment. The fraudster assured a 100 per cent returns and succeded in phishing the bank details of the victim. Later the victim was robbed of Rs 1.44 lakh from her bank account.
 
Similarly, a 36-year-old woman from Bibvewadi was cheated of Rs 55,000. She lodged a complaint at Marketyard police station. She was offered a loan of Rs 5 lakh on the condition that she buys an insurance policy. The victim paid Rs 55,000 to the fraudster as initial deposit and TDS for the insurance policy, only to find that she has been cheated.

A police inspector who was earlier heading the Cyber Crime Cell of the city police said fraudsters keep on trying new ways to extract information from people. 

“Earlier they would instil fear in a person’s mind that their bank account will be closed or locked. Now the fraudsters are attracting people with offers and they know that greedy people will be trapped. In any condition, one should never share his personal details to an unknown person and also one must never pay in advance to an unknown person,” said the official.

Cyber expert Anil Raj of Cybervault Security Solutions Private Limited said the fraudsters are bound to use different techniques and people should not fall in such traps. 

“We are sure that our personal data like name and mobile number has been sold to fraudsters which helps them in establishing trust with the victim before launching their attack. This is why we should have a provision of deleting our digital footprint and the data privacy law,” added Raj.

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