In what appears to be a new method to dupe gullible people, a 26-year-old lost Rs3 lakh when he fell for a video call made by a fake officer from the Delhi crime branch, says a report.
In the report, the Times of India
, says the scamster told the person that he faced a case of money laundering and narcotics and could sort out the matter by making payment.
The report says that the Borivali police has registered a first information report (FIR) against the scamster and his associates who wove an elaborate web of lies to trick the complainant.
A few years ago, recovery agents used to call defaulter borrowers in the guise of an office from the Delhi police or a lawyer from Delhi. In one such case reported by Moneylife
, in 2012 a Mumbai-based trader Ramnik Patel (name changed) received a phone call from somebody who called himself Choudhary from the Patiala Parliament police station informing him that there was a case filed against him and the court had also issued a warrant. The warrant was sent from Delhi police to the Dadar police station in Mumbai for execution. He received two more notices and then finally went for a hearing before the Lok Nyayalaya. (Read: Loan settlement? Here is what you need to be careful about)
Coming back to the fake video call and the Rs3 lakh loot, according to the newspaper, on 7th April, the complainant received a phone call from an unknown number. "A woman was on the line and introduced herself as an employee of the Delhi passport office. She rattled off the complainant's name, date of birth and Aadhaar card number, gaining his trust. She then told him that he had indulged in illegal activity while on a trip to Thailand in March and that a complaint had been received against him from the immigration department."
However, the complainant told the woman that he did not even have a passport. Immediately, the caller said to him that someone may have misused his details to obtain a passport and he should contact the Delhi crime branch. She then connected him with one Sunilkumar Nayak, who introduced himself as an officer from the Delhi crime branch.
The report says, "After hearing the matter, Nayak made a video call to the complainant and told him that an arrest warrant had been issued in his name. He gave a web link to the complainant which showed cases of human trafficking, money laundering and narcotics lodged against him."
"Nayak was dressed in a uniform when he made the video call. He told the complainant he would be arrested and his property seized. The complainant was then connected to one Ashutosh Patel, who claimed to be a senior officer.
"Patel asked for Rs3 lakh as part of a procedure to take action against the person who misused his documents," it added.
To obtain a police clearance certificate as he was told by the fake police officers, the complainant sent Rs3 lakh. He was told that he would get his money back in two days. When he called on the number after two days, there were no Delhi crime branch officials and his call was answered by someone from Gujarat, prompting him to file the FIR.