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Mumbai Cybercrime News: Mumbai gynaecologist loses Rs 1.1 crore in online crypto trading scam, goes to cops after 1 year | Mumbai News | #cybercrime | #computerhacker

MUMBAI: A 46-year-old doctor ended up losing Rs 1.1 crore after meeting a woman online, investing in cryptocurrency and trading on her guidance. In his complaint to the central cybercrime police station of the crime branch recently, he added that Rs 28 lakh of the lost money was a loan from a friend.

The travail of the senior gynaecologist from central Mumbai began on August 13 last year when he received a message on Facebook messenger about crypto trading from one Melissa Campbell. The doctor had heard about crypto and was curious. They started chatting and Campbell claimed she was an expert in crypto trading. She assured him of a good profit, suggested creating a trading account and shared a WhatsApp number. He submitted his details like mobile number, mail address and driving licence, said the police.

The doctor told police that he created his account on a crypto trading exchange and he was given a wallet address on the exchange. On Campbell’s instructions, he spent Rs 1.1 crore and bought BTC, ETH and USDT several times through the wallet address. Of that, Rs 79 lakh had come from his account.

On Campbell’s instruction, the doctor transferred the cryptocurrencies to another wallet address for more profit/trading. When he realised he had made a profit, he asked to redeem it. He was told he needed to pay taxes and commission.

The doctor took over Rs 28 lakh as a loan from a friend, said the police. He faced one demand or the other till he realised he wasn’t getting his money back. The fraud continued till October 14. Angry he told Campbell he would file a complaint.


Finally, after almost a year, the doctor approached the police recently and lodged an FIR for cheating under IPC and punishment for cheating by personation by using computer resource under the IT Act.

Investigation is on under the supervision of Lakhmi Gautam, joint commissioner of crime branch, senior inspector Rajesh Nagwade and inspector Santosh Khadke. The police said the complainant had sent cryptocurrencies 32 times to the wallet address provided by Campbell. The police are collecting information about the wallet involved in the crime.


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