Pune: A 62-year-old man from Narhe was cheated of Rs 33.23 lakh by two different advance fee frauds between February 2015 till December 2016. Unfortunately, the man approached the Cyber Crime Cell (CCC) of the city police after losing all money.
According to the Koregaon Park police, where the case has been lodged against five persons, in February 2015, the complainant Bhausaheb Mane received an email which mentioned that father of Lilan Idrisa has passed away 16 years ago and he has left $6.5 million for her. To claim that amount Lilan is in need of a foreign guarantor. Bhausaheb got lured by the offer thinking that he may also get some share of the amount.
The fraudster then shared bank account numbers of Royal Bank of Scotland with Mane. Later, a person identified as Dr Alphonso Idrisa shared his bank account number with Mane through an e-mail. Mane was then approached through e-mail by person who identified himself as Mohammad Haji, the lawyer of Lilan Idrisa. Haji told Mane that he will have to pay lawyer’s fee, president fee, stamping fee, travelling fee, insurance fee, FBI order fee and others. Mane continued to pay as instructed by Haji and paid Rs 28.31 lakh. Mane paid multiple times in different bank accounts to the fraudsters.
The fraudster again cheated Mane by sending a mail to him that he has won a lottery from Coca-Cola company of Rs 3.35 crore. Mane was again asked to pay lawyer’s fee, money conversion fee and other fees and this time, he lost Rs 4.92 lakh. In all, Mane lost Rs 33.23 lakh. The police have booked Philip Richard, Mohammad Haji and three others for cheating based on the e-mails received by Mane.