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Cybercriminal posing as Canadian relative dupes Pune realtor and mother of Rs 3.7 lakh | Pune News | #cybercrime | #infosec


A First Information Report (FIR) in the case was filed earlier this week at Yerawada police station based on a complaint filed by the 38-year-old realtor

pune cyber crimeThe caller not only provided more details about the visa issue but also shared the agent’s number for confirmation. (Representational Photo)

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A Pune-based real estate businessman and his mother were duped of Rs 3.7 lakh by a cybercriminal posing as a relative working in Canada, claiming that his visa was about to be revoked and requesting money to make a payment to an agent.

A First Information Report (FIR) in the case was filed earlier this week at Yerawada police station based on a complaint filed by the 38-year-old realtor. According to his statement, his mother, who resides with him, received a call on her cell phone on the morning of July 27. The caller identified himself as one of their relatives settled in Canada and asked her to guess his name. Since the family has several relatives settled or working in Canada, the complainant’s mother began naming the young relatives she could remember. At one point, when she asked if he was ‘Rinku,’ he confirmed her guess, as stated in the complainant’s statement.

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Subsequently, the caller and the complainant’s mother exchanged pleasantries. The caller then informed the complainant’s mother that he had gone to Canada on a work visa through an agent. He mentioned that his visa was about to expire on that day, and unless Rs 3.7 lakh were paid immediately, he would be sent back, and his visa would be revoked. The complainant’s mother asked the caller to speak to her son and explain the situation to him.

The caller not only provided more details about the visa issue but also shared the agent’s number for confirmation. The complainant then called the number, and the person on the other end confirmed the details shared by ‘Rinku.’ Subsequently, the complainant transferred Rs 3.7 lakh in four transactions to the agent’s bank account. However, after informing ‘Rinku’ and the ‘agent’ that the money had been transferred, ‘Rinku’ started asking for more money, claiming the agent was demanding additional funds to retain the visa. Realising they had been deceived, the complainant and his mother made inquiries among their relatives in Canada, confirming their suspicions.

The complainant then approached the cybercrime police station. After a preliminary inquiry by the cybercrime team, an FIR was registered at Yerawada police station. An officer from Yerawada police station stated, “A probe has been launched into the cell numbers and bank details used by the cyber fraudsters in this case.” An officer from the cybercrime police station added, “Multiple such cases of individuals posing as relatives from Canada have been reported in the past from Punjab, where a large number of people have their relatives in Canada.”

First published on: 24-09-2023 at 12:42 IST



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