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Mrunal Manmay Dash

Bhubaneswar: A youth in Bhubaneswar was allegedly duped of Rs 1 lakh by a cyber fraudster while trying to sell his cow online. The complainant, Debasis Sahu had put up an advertisement on the online marketplace app when the scamster posing as a potential buyer duped him.

As per reports, Sahu had put up the advertisement in the app meant for trading in farm equipments and products to sell his cow. The imposter called Sahu and introduced himself as an army officer. He showed interest to buy the cow, the price of which was negotiated at Rs 20,000.

The conman reportedly tricked the youth into scanning a QR code five times, sent on his number, after which Rs 1 lakh was debited from his bank account in five separate transactions.

A panicked Sahu rushed to the Bharatpur Police Station to file a complaint following which the police have launched a probe into the matter.

In a video message, Sahu urged others to not fall prey to these kinds of frauds who build trust by sending money first and then clean the bank accounts of unsuspecting people.

(Edited By Ramakanta Biswas)

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