Mrunal Manmay Dash

Alleged cyber fraudsters duped a woman in Bhubaneswar of Rs 27 lakh in several installments on the pretext of digital marketing.

As per reports, the victim had registered on the website for job. However, she didn't receive any job offers from the site for long. Frustrated by the delay, she Googled the contact number of the website and landed in the clutches of the fraudsters.

The fraudsters offered her a better paying job instead and wanted her to get involved in digital marketing, where she will have to buy some products and then, like and share their reviews on her social media handles to earn commission.

Convinced, she deposited Rs 14 lakh in the e-wallet provided by the fraudsters. Just within a month of work, she found Rs 2 lakh commission reflecting on the wallet. However, she could not withdraw the commission even after trying multiple times. When she contacted the fraudsters, they convinced her to deposit Rs 6.5 lakh twice (Rs 13 lakh) in order to be able to encash the commission earned.

Once she deposited the money in the wallet, the fraudsters vanished into thin air deleting all their Whatsapp profiles and blocking her number.

Fearing the worst, the victim rushed to the Cyber Police station in Bhubaneswar and lodged a complaint. The police sprang into action and arrested two fraudsters from Kolkata. However, the prime accused is still at large.

Speaking on the case, Bhubaneswar Zone-5 ACP, Sanjeev Satapathy said, “Our team camped at Kolkata and arrested Saukat Pal and Anand Rohidas. The principal accused, Raju Dutta is absconding. He will be nabbed soon.”

“We are suspecting their involvement in many other frauds across India. We are verifying their bank transactions. Appropriate steps will be taken against them,” said Satapathy.

The police have frozen Rs 4 lakh in the bank accounts of the accused. The rest of the money has been withdrawn from the accounts.

(Reported By Alok Mohanty, OTV)