It’s a common misconception that only fools fall for Nigerian princes and their earthly cons. Turns out, a 23-year-old B-tech graduate also fell victim to a trap where he was duped of Rs 9.5 lakh over a period of six months. A complaint to that end has also been filed with the Kurar police.
The big deception
Satish Yadav, an Uttar Pradesh native, residing in Kranti Nagar, Malad with his grandparents, had been applying for a job in various companies in Noida and Delhi for the last year. After waiting for many months, he got a mail in April from a firm in Noida, informing him that he had been selected by the Mahindra and Mahindra group to fill the position of a manager. Yadav accepted the offer, and for the next three days they exchanged emails about his position and salary expectations. In May, Yadav received a mail from the man asking him to deposit a specific amount for his accommodation, gate pass and various other facilities that were being offered to him, which he acquiesced to.
According to the police, by November, Yadav had already deposited Rs 9.5 lakh in five different accounts in Noida. The money had been borrowed from friends and close relative. However, realization that he had been conned dawned on him only by November-end when he still did not get his final offer letter and the mails he sent bounced. On Friday, he approached the police and registered a case of cheating under Section 420 of the IPC.
On investigating, the Kurar police found that the money deposited by Yadav had already been withdrawn and the accounts had also been shuttered. The police officers further said that they had tracked down the IP address of the computer through which the emails to Yadav had been sent and a team was already on its way to Noida to arrest the accused.
“We have registered a case and are investigating the matter. From investigations so far, we suspect that this is a racket like the fake Mira Road call center, which is operating in the country,” said an officer from the Kurar police station.