Pune: Katraj woman duped of Rs 42 lakhs by a foreigner friend

ST Staff
Wednesday, 8 July 2020

In a shocking incident, a 51-year-old resident of Katraj, has lodged a complaint with Pune city cyber cell, claiming that she has been duped by a foreign national of Rs 42.45 lakhs, under the pretext of sending her expensive gifts like watches, gold and others.

Pune: In a shocking incident, a 51-year-old resident of Katraj, has lodged a complaint with Pune city cyber cell, claiming that she has been duped by a foreign national of Rs 42.45 lakhs, under the pretext of sending her expensive gifts like watches, gold and others.

The incident came to light when the victim finally approached Pune city police cyber cell and lodged an First Information Report (FIR) against the unknown foreign national Willy Tony. Based on the victim's complaint, the police have registered the case under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code as well as under the Information Technology Act.

According to the complaint in January 2020, she had received a friend request on Facebook by a foreign national named Willy Tony. The victim accepted the request of his. Tony had claimed that he was a businessman and highly educated. Both complainant and Tony exchanged mobile numbers and they used to call each other on Whatsapp. He used to speak in foreign accent English. A month later, Tony claimed that the complainant was a lucky charm for him, as he had received a huge big contract for which he had to travel to America and do the work. He claimed that the credit of this goes to the complainant, claiming that she was a lucky charm for him.

Senior inspector Santosh Barge of Cyber police station, who is investigating this case said, "After gaining confidence, Tony claimed that he wanted to give the complainant some valuable articles which included gold chains, wrist watch, bracelets, apple gadgets and others. The complainant had refused for the gift, but a few days later Tony claimed that he had sent such gifts to her. Later the victim received a call from a woman claiming from the customs office New Delhi that Tony had sent her gift worth Rs 28.67 lakhs for which she has to pay the custom duty charges of Rs 50,000."

He added, "In a similar way, there have been 39 transactions made by the victim in which she had paid Rs 42.45 lakh to multiple accounts from February till May 26, this year under the name of Good and Service Tax (GST), Duty tax, Custom tax and RBI taxes. After which neither Tony nor the custom officer called her. After which she realized that she has been cheated and duped. She has approached us and we are investigating the case."

Edited by: Pranav Jalan

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