Angul, Sept 7: In a bid to help his foreign ‘Facebook friend,’ a private company employee from Odisha's Angul district lost Rs 3.70 lakh.
The victim later realized that he had fallen prey to an organized cybercrime network, and his ‘friend’ too was a part of it.
The victim is S Sen from Madhya Pradesh, employed at a private farm in the Kulad area of Nalco town in the district.
He was tricked into transferring Rs 3.70 lakh to help his Facebook friend on her arrival in India without an Indian rupee.
According to reports, S Sen was befriended on Facebook by a person on July 4 who claimed her name was Charmine Williams, a real estate entrepreneur.
After chatting with him regularly, she asked Sen to help her in setting up her real estate business in India.
On August 9, the woman contacted him on Facebook and informed him about her arrival in Delhi. Later a woman contacted Sen introducing herself as, Puja Sharma, assistant of Charmine Williams.
She asked Sen to help Williams with some money which she would refund soon. Sen believed her and sent Rs 35,000. Later, on many occasions, he sent a total of Rs 3.70 lakh.
After a gap of a few days, the woman asked Sen to send his PAN card and email ID to return the borrowed money. Sen suspected her and checked the woman's website. He found the email ID was in the name of RBI. It was confirmed that he was cheated by cyber fraudsters and he filed a police complaint in this regard.