Crime Branch books cyber fraudsters for cheating under pretext of marriage proposals

Jammu: The sleuths of Crime Branch Jammu have registered a criminal case against Cyber Fraudsters for their alleged involvement in cheating the complainant by hatching criminal conspiracy and duping her of her money under the pretext of luring her in their trap with a marriage proposal.

The case has been registered against Atom Roy of Mahi Nagar P O Parail P/S Gazole Malda, West Bengal, Zahir Hussain of HH Tushar Apartments, Arunachal Hatiara, West Bengal, Hazrat Ali of P O RamNagar P/S RaghuNathpur Siwan, Bihar A/P Harkesh Nagar Okhla Phase-2 Delhi, Sartaj Hussain of Arunachal Hatiara Tushar Apartment, West Bengal, Vinay Kumar of Okhla Phase-I CRRI South New Delhi and Huinu of Khoken, Tehsil Thanion, District Churachandpur, Manipur and others.

The Crime Branch spokesman said that a written complaint was lodged by the victim, living in Jammu, wherein she inter-alia alleged that suspect Dave Kumar approached her on Instagram and proposed her for marriage and after a couple of days forced her to receive gifts sent by him.

Despite her denial the suspect sent the parcel and its tracking details. On checking the details and the shipping Agency United Nations Post Courier they were found to be fake, he said adding that after sometime she received a call purportedly from a Customs officer namely Atom Roy about her parcel and told her to give Custom duties of Rs 45,500/- to claim the parcel.

On verifying from Mr Dave about the parcel he told her to pay immediately as it contained valuable items and she paid accordingly.

Next day she got a call from a fake Custom Officer that a parcel was containing currency (100,000 pounds) inside it.

“She again got it verified from Mr. Dave and he asked her do as he wanted his parcel to reach her safely,” he said adding that then she was sent e-mail regarding Anti-Money Laundering Certificate for which she had to pay Rs. 1,18,900.

Again she got mail from Foreign Remittance Department, RBI, for which she had to pay Rs 2,73, 000.

“Then she called upon International Bank Services Srinagar who told her stop immediately as it is a scam,” he said adding that on receipt of the complaint a preliminary verification was conducted by Crime Branch Jammu and during the course of enquiry Oral/documentary evidence was collected and the allegations were prima facie substantiated against the accused.

It has been found that the accused have opened various bank accounts on fake/forged documents and obtained various SIM cards besides making fake Instagram accounts by impersonation and used the internet through fraudulent e-mails/Whatsapp and allured the complainant and other gullible victims to cheat them.

In this manner the gang of fraudsters duped the complainant of her money to the tune of Rs. 4,37,400/- by fraudulent means thereby causing wrongful loss to her and wrongful gain to themselves.

As such, a formal case is registered in P/S Crime Branch, Jammu against the accused persons under the relevant sections of law and investigation is in progress.

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