Navi Mumbai woman loses Rs 54 lakh in online fraud; four booked

The Navi Mumbai Police in Maharashtra have registered a case against four unidentified persons for allegedly cheating a woman from Airoli to the tune of over Rs 54 lakh online, an official said on Tuesday, reported the PTI.

Based on the complaint filed by the 37-year-old victim, who is a pregnant woman, the cyber police on Saturday registered the FIR under sections 419 (cheating by personation), 420 (cheating) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Information Technology Act, the official told PTI.

The suspects offered the victim a freelance work of giving her rating of companies and restaurants, and said said if she completed five such tasks, she can earn a good sum, an official said.

The news agency reported, The woman took up the task and as per their instructions, made a payment of Rs 54,30,000 in different accounts for the tasks to be given to her.

The incident took place between May 7 and 10, the complaint said.

After completing the tasks, when the victim sought her promised remuneration, the accused stopped responding to her calls. She soon realised that she had been cheated and approached the police, the official said, as per the PTI.

The official said the victim who was at home on maternity leave, wanted to utilise the time for online tasks and earn some income. However, she lost her entire money to fraudsters, the police said.

The cyber police are probing the crime, he said.

Man held for stealing laptops worth Rs 14 lakh in Thane

Meanwhile, in an another incident, a 24-year-old man was held in Maharashtra`s Thane district for allegedly stealing laptops worth Rs 14 lakh, the Thane Police said on Tuesday, reported the PTI.

The man was held by the police while he was about to deliver the stolen property to godowns of a logistics company in Gujarat, an official said on Tuesday.

The police apprehended the accused, Mushrif Khan (24), during an all-out operation on Monday based on a complaint lodged by a transporter, senior inspector Nishikant Vishwakar of the Kongaon police station in Bhiwandi division said, according to the PTI.

Mushrif Khan was entrusted 21 laptops worth Rs 14 lakh from a logistics company`s godown in Bhiwandi to be delivered to godowns in Baroda and Ahmedabad in Gujarat on May 7, he said.

(with PTI inputs)

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