Having spoken to his “nephew” after several years, the elderly man transferred Rs 3 lakh to his account without any delay. But soon he realised that he had been duped and approached police. The Dwarka police has arrested two scamsters from Mewat.
Cons using mobile phone apps such as WhatsApp have grown sharply in numbers. One must pause and think after receiving calls related to money transactions. One should also take a second opinion before making such a decision.
The complainant told police on July 31 that he had received a call on June 8 from his “nephew”, Rishi, who promised to come to India and meet him soon. “The next day, the victim received anoter call from a virtual mobile number on WhatsApp. The caller introduced himself as Rishi and told the victim about an accident in Canada and that he requires Rs 3 lakh to settle the issue,” an officer said. A case was registered at the cyber police station in Dwarka.
Deputy commissioner of police (Dwarka) M Harsha Vardhan said investigators found that the money was transferred to a bank account that was operated from Jaipur. “We zeroed in on two suspects and found that they were coming to Delhi to meet their friends. On the basis of technical surveillance, both of them were located near the Bijwasan underpass,” police said.
A team was formed and both accused were nabbed. They were identified as Roshan Lal Meena (22) and Satish Kumar Meena (23). The accused told the cops that they used to pose as family members of the targets and create panic by claiming that they urgently needed money due to an emergency.
In a similar case, an Army Captain was duped by fraudsters of Rs 1.8 lakh on the pretext that his relative was caught by Australian Police. He had also got a call from an unknown number on WhatsApp and the fraudster sought the amount for his release.