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UK’s Instagram friend duped UP woman Rs 32 lakh

New Delhi: In May, the Uttar Pradesh Police Department launched a dedicated helpline number 155260 to report online frauds and cyber crimes as part of a national initiative.

According to the police, a man from Uttar Pradesh was duped of around Rs 32 lakh by a man whom he befriended on Instagram and identified himself as a UK citizen.

The woman, who lives in the state’s Rae Bareli district, claims she was caught after learning that a “current” amount of Rs 45 lakh and some “foreign currency” had come to Delhi for her from Britain and she would have to pay a fee to the authorities. to receive them accordingly. Also Read: Airtel Offer: Get Rs 6000 Cashback On Buying The Phone

According to Rae Bareli Superintendent of Police Shlok Kumar, the matter has been reported to the police and the matter is being investigated by the cyber cell.

“Efforts are on to trace the culprits and get back the amount cheated online from the victim,” Kumar told PTI. Also read: Buying Smartphones For Elderly Parents? Here’s how to make it user friendly

Authorities say the woman met the man in September on Instagram, where she introduced herself as a UK resident “Harry”, and exchanged phone numbers, sparking a series of regular conversations on social media .

“Recently, he received a call on WhatsApp from a woman who informed him that a gift box and some UK currency worth Rs 45 lakhs had come to Delhi for him. To take this, he had to pay a processing fee. fee,” said an official.

“He was asked to make the payment online and in several installments. Eventually, he transferred around Rs 32 lakh, after which there was no communication from the other side,” the official said.

The woman then traveled to Delhi to investigate the “present” she had been given from the United Kingdom, only to find that she had been deceived. On Tuesday, she returned to Rae Bareli and searched for the district police chief.

Meanwhile, Kumar warned people not to fall into the temptation of online offers and schemes, and advised them to verify the legitimacy of the people they are dealing with to avoid falling prey to cyber crooks.

In May, the Uttar Pradesh Police Department launched a dedicated helpline number 155260 to report online scams and cyber crimes as part of a national initiative.

People can also call 112 to report any online fraud, according to UP cyber police chief Triveni Singh, who said that early reporting of the fraud would have helped the police in initiating the process of intercepting the stolen money. Is.

The UP police had recovered around Rs 2 crore from residents of the state who were tricked by cyber criminals, and till September, Rs 5 crore had been blocked in bank accounts duped by the thugs.

By Naveen Bharat Staff

 

 

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