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Mrunal Manmay Dash

Nuapada: A youth named Subhash Thapa from Khamabahi village under Komna police limits was allegedly duped over Rs 1 Lakh by a fraudster on the pretext of erecting a mobile tower on his land.

As per reports, Thapa was contacted by the fraudster disguised as a representative of Reliance Jio three months back. He offered him to pay Rs 5,000 -Rs 7,000 per month if he allows him to erect a mobile tower of the company on his land.

The fraudster asked Thapa to send a small amount of money for necessary paper works, which he obliged by sending Rs 5000. Later he also managed to eke out more money amount to a total of Rs 1.17 Lakh from Thapa on various reasons.

"He lured me into sending him money. I have sent him a total of Rs 1.17 Lakh. He promised me to return all the money once he arrives here with the tower. But it has been three months, there are no signs of either him or the tower," said Thapa.

The Superintendent of Police in Nuapada, Rahul Jain cautioned the unsuspecting public to be aware and never transfer any amount of money to unverified accounts.

"Cyber criminals are on the rise after the COVID induced lockdown came into effect in Odisha. I urge all to never share your OTP, Bank account or card details with anybody," warned Jain.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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