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Dharwad man loses Rs 59.40 lakh in online cheating scam

Cyber Crime

A Dharwad man has fallen prey to online cheating and has lost a staggering Rs 59.40 lakh in the process, according to the police. The victim, who works at a private firm in Kumareshwar Nagar in the city, received a WhatsApp message from an unknown number claiming to be from a social media marketing company based in Bengaluru. The message offered him the opportunity to earn Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,000 per day by doing part-time work.

The fraudster then instructed the victim to like and follow Instagram links sent via the Telegram app and to send screenshots of his work. The miscreant promised to transfer the money after the victim shared the screenshots. The victim, believing the fraudster’s words, fell for the trap.

To build confidence, the cyber-fraudster gave the victim his first task after an initial investment of Rs 4,000. The miscreant transferred Rs 1,640 as payment for that work. Later, the fraudsters gave the victim more tasks, and the victim lost a total of Rs 59,40,161. The miscreants transferred Rs 5.50 lakh from his account, Rs 49,66,160 from another bank account, and Rs 4.24 lakh from his wife’s account.

The victim approached the Cyber Crime Police and registered a complaint. The police have initiated an investigation into the case. It is essential for the public to remain cautious and vigilant while dealing with unknown individuals or organizations online to avoid falling prey to such fraudulent activities.

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