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Noida: Woman doctor duped of 45 lakh in cyber fraud

By, Noida
May 10, 2024 10:48 PM IST

The fraudsters, posing as officers from Mumbai crime branch, virtually restrained her movement by monitoring her on video call and threatening her with dire consequences if she disconnected

A woman doctor in Noida was allegedly duped of 45 lakh recently by cyber frauds who posed as Mumbai crime branch officers over a video call, and made her transfer the money on the pretext of an “investigation into her bank accounts”, police said on Friday.

Based on her complaint, police have registered a case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and relevant provisions of the IT Act. (Representative Image)
Based on her complaint, police have registered a case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and relevant provisions of the IT Act. (Representative Image)

According to officers, the complainant, Dr Aarti Choudhary (51), a resident of Vasundhara Enclave in Delhi, was put under a “digital arrest” by the frauds. They virtually restrained her movement by monitoring her through video call and threatening her with dire consequences if she disconnected.

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Based on her complaint, police have registered a case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and relevant provisions of the IT Act.

In her complaint filed with the Cyber Crime Police Station in Sector 36, Noida, Chaudhary, who runs a clinic in Sector 49, has shared that she received a call on May 6 from someone posing as a courier service executive. He said that a parcel in her name, sent from Mumbai to Thailand, had returned and seized by customs officials.

“The caller, Ishan Verma, said the parcel had five passports, two credit cards, 4kg of clothes and 140 grams of MDMA (meth),” Chaudhary said in her complaint.

The caller told her that she had to file a complaint regarding her name ‘mistakenly’ written on a parcel containing drugs with the Mumbai crime branch else action would be taken against her, and he transferred the video call with her to another person.

“I was put on the line with someone identified as Rajveer. He told me to download the Skype video chat app and connect with him. Once on that video call, Rajveer took all my bank and personal details from me and asked me to show my Aadhaar card. He then told me that my bank account had been linked to some money laundering transactions as well,” states the complaint.

A third man Aditya Keshav also entered the call, she said.

“Keshav told me that he could clear me of all charges immediately through video surveillance for 24 hours. If not, I would have to go to Mumbai and authorities would take me in 90 days’ custody. When I tried to consult someone I knew from CBI over the phone, the people over the skype video became furious and started scolding me. Hence, I did not reach out to anyone,” she shared in her complaint.

On the following day (May 7), the scammers allegedly made Chaudhary transfer her 45 lakh into their account.

“The men posing as officials gave me a bank account number and said that this is their ‘surveillance’ account and I need to transfer all the money in that account so that they can investigate it. I did as they said through RTGS (real time gross settlement) funds transfer. After I did this, they began asking me for 50 lakh more. But I did not have that. I became suspicious and called the cyber helpline number 1930 and disconnected the skype call with the frauds,” states the complaint.

Based on her statements, police have registered a case under sections 419 (Punishment for cheating by personation) and 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant provisions of the IT Act.

“An FIR has been registered on the basis of the woman’s complaint against unidentified suspects. The matter is being investigated,” said Vinod Yadav, the station house officer, cyber crime police station in Sector 36, Noida.

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