Man conned by social media friend

Man conned by social media friend

in News / National

A 65-year-old man was allegedly conned of Rs 9.4 lakhs by an unidentified person who had befriended him on social media along with the help of her accomplice. The man, a resident of Mumbai's suburban Kandivali, filed a complaint on Wednesday, the police said.

The Complainant was running a coaching class and was befriended by a person in social media on August of this year. She has introduced herself as Leonie and to be claimed to be running a Salon in Jordan.

The Complainant received a call few days later and the caller identified himself as Amit and said hewas talking on behalf of Leoni who was in Delhi International Airport. Amit said that Leoni was carrying $70,000 and has been stopped by immigration authorities and urgently needed 24,000 INR for clearance.

Amit asked the complainant to deposit Rs 24,000 in Leoni account and she would return it later. The money was deposited to Leoni’s account as requested. But later the complainant started getting repeated calls over the next 3 months requesting to deposit more money on various excuses, according to police reports

The victim ended up paying 9.4 Lakh INR, before realizing something was wrong. He tried to get in touch with leoni as well as Amit, but since the number was switched off he finally decided to lodge a complaint.

The Police have registered a case under the relevant sections of the IPC and Information Technology act against unidentified persons and further probe is on.


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