Odisha: Retired OAS officer scammed out Rs 27 lakh after love on dating app

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | July 09, 2024 IST

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Bhubaneswar, July 9: A retired OAS officer has allegedly been duped of Rs 27 lakh after having romantic relationship with a girl whom he met on a dating app, Bhubaneswar cyber police said on Tuesday.

According to reports, a senior bureaucrat of Odisha government who retired in 2023 had developed a romantic relationship with a girl from West Bengal through a dating app.

After long time online romance, the victim had gone to Kolkata to spend time with her. After around 1.5 moths of his return from Kolkata, the retired OAS officer received a call on July 2. The caller introduced himself as a member of the Kolkata cyber crime unit and said that they have arrested a girl who has link with him and they have seized some obscene photos and videos of both.

The fraudster further informed the official that they are forwarding the matter to local police and urged him to cooperate in investigation.

The victim fell prey to the trap when he asked what to do to avoid police investigation. He also contacted the girl over phone but she did not respond. Later, the fraudster contacted him through video call and he saw the girl behind bars.

He was asked to deposit Rs 35,000 in government website opening the link sent to him. The retired official deposited Rs 35,000 as directed by the fraudster. Later, he was directed to deposit Rs 51 as vendor fee opening another link sent to him.

Soon after the retired bureaucrat sent Rs 51 opening the link, Rs 26.65 lakh got debited from his bank account following which he lodged a complaint at Bhubaneswar Cyber Police Station.

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