Woman conned for ₹4.40 lakh by a Facebook friend

The woman has lodged a complaint against the person in question at Bhandup Police Station. The woman lived with her family in a posh area in Bhandup.

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Facebook is a social-networking site where people tend to connect with their contacts as well as make new friends online. However, sometimes the things you see online may be misleading which results in getting cheated and trusting unknown people which leads to online fraud. 

A 54-year-old woman encountered a similar thing after a Facebook friend looted ₹4.40 lakh from her by claiming to send an expensive gift.

A few months back, the woman had received a friend request from a certain Oscar Ronald, and she accepted it. Both started chatting with each other and soon the man won the woman’s trust and stated that he was a Canadian citizen. The accused, one day, said that he has got an expensive gift and wants to send it to her to which, the woman agreed. 

The next day, a person named Jethiya Mishra contacted her and said that he is calling from the airport and an expensive gift from Canada has arrived. However, he added that excise duty would have to be paid to the airport authorities to get the gift.

Mishra added that if she wouldn't pay the excise duty, the gift will be sent back. The lady got ready to pay the money and soon, Mishra started asking her to send more money. Initially, he asked her to send ₹25,000 but soon he would ask her to send money giving different reasons and eventually, she ended up giving him ₹4.40 lakh.  

However, when she suspected something was wrong, she asked Mishra to meet her but he avoided her and then shut down his mobile phone. After realising that she had been duped, the lady filed a complaint in Bhandup Police station and in response, the police have begun their investigation.  

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