Mumbai: Vakola resident falls victim to cyber fraud, loses Rs 1.9 lakh

12 June,2024 10:28 AM IST |  Mumbai  |  Samiullah Khan

Last month, he received a call from a person pretending to be a senior-grade officer named Kunal Chaudhary from the Indian Army

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A Vakola resident who deals in electronic accessory repairs and laptop sales was allegedly duped out of approximately Rs 1.9 lakh by a cyber fraudster posing as a military officer. The fraudster ordered 20 computer routers for the Kalina Military Camp and deceived the businessman under the pretext of making a gate pass.

According to police sources, Murtuza A. Limbdiwala, a resident of Maskan CHS Ltd in Saifi Park, Kalina, deals in electronic accessory sales and laptop repairs. Last month, he received a call from a person pretending to be a senior-grade officer named Kunal Chaudhary from the Indian Army. The caller inquired about purchasing 20 computer routers for the Kalina Military Camp at a cost of approximately Rs 64,000.

According to the complaint, Limbdiwala finalised the deal for Rs 64,000 and was preparing to deliver the routers, arriving at Santacruz station. While waiting for an auto amidst heavy rain, the officer called again, claiming he was sending a military vehicle to receive the routers. During this time, the fraudster called again, requesting Rs 25,000 for a gate pass, stating it was a compulsory military procedure without which entry into the Kalina military premises would not be possible.

A day before, the fraudster had requested a GST bill and provided a GST number, which appeared legitimate when searched online. Trusting the caller, Limbdiwala transferred Rs 25,000. However, the fraudster claimed the amount was not received and continued to make various excuses. In total, Limbdiwala transferred Rs 1.19 lakh before becoming suspicious when the demands did not cease.

Limbdiwala then approached the Vakola police station to file a complaint. Despite visiting both the Vakola and MIDC Cyber Police Stations multiple times, no action has been taken so far. Limbdiwala expressed his distress, stating, "My family is very important to me. My parents are ill, and I had saved this money for their treatment."

"I know Limbdiwala very well; we are in the same business. I request the government to address the increasing issue of cyber fraud. Today, cyber fraud has escalated to such an extent that a central agency is needed to deal with it. This would ensure immediate action and help save people's money from being stolen," said Vikas Bali, a close friend and social activist of Limbdiwala.

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