The net is cast so wide that these arrests have had little impact on such activities. In just three days since Friday, the three cyber crime stations of city commissionerates have reported complaints from 15 victims who have lost over 1.6 crore to the same type of investment/part-time job fraudsters.
One of the victims, a central government employee, lost 90 lakh in a span of one month. The victim, 50-year-old Ram Chander (name changed), an electrical engineer, approached Cyberabad police on Monday.
Chander told cops the fraud began on June 3 after he got a Telegram message from one Divya offering part-time online work.
“My job was to provide good ratings to clients on a travel booking portal for a chain of resorts and hotels. I was told they will provide three sets of hotels with 28 in each set to give ratings. Daily earnings of 850 to 3,000 were promised,” he said
Chandar said he received a webpage link with a code to register online. After the registration with phone number and bank account details, he got a bonus of 1,130.
“After completion of the first task, I got 811 as commission which I withdrew and it was credited into my bank account. Divya claimed she was a medical professional from Thrissur in Kerala and was doing the work on part-time basis too,” the complainant said.
After gaining his trust, Chander was advised to opt for new set of tasks for additional bonus, and to enable it he was told to deposit 11,300. On finishing the first set, he was allowed to withdraw 4,800 and subsequently advised to register for deluxe tasks to get six times more commission.
Once he opted for deluxe tasks, the initial deposit increased and by making him believe that he was eligible to make lakhs in profit, Chander was made to transfer 90 lakh into different bank accounts between June 3 and July 17, police said.
They showed the victim very high virtual profit and kept asking him to maintain a deposit of half of that amount to make a withdrawal of the total amount, police said.
“As I kept depositing the money they kept increasing virtual profit and finally showed 2.23 crore as profit. By then I had already deposited 90 lakh,” Chander said.
“But I had got only 20,100 as returns. After they asked me for 47 lakh more, I realised that it was a fraud and lodged a complaint,” Chander said.
Acknowledging the seriousness of the situation, a senior official from Telangana State Cyber Security Bureau (TSCSB) said they plan to investigate the investment/part-time fraud cases in a comprehensive manner.