PUNE: A woman attempting to rent out her apartment through a web portal was duped to the tune of Rs 4.7 lakh by two men posing as Indian Army officials.
One of the two men who responded to the listing called her and expressed interest in renting the property. According to the complainant, they made her believe that they were prepared to pay the rent and deposit in one go via UPI.
According to police, one of them identified himself as Randeep Singh, while the other identified himself as Zora Singh.
The men sent the complainant a QR code, which when scanned resulted in a transfer of funds from the woman’s account rather than a transfer of funds to her account. The men then told her that there was a problem with the system and gave her other numbers to which they asked her to transfer money under the false premise that they would then return the money to her.
However, when the money did not appear in her account, she became convinced that she had been duped. A complaint was filed with the cybercrime cell, and a case was opened at the Chinchwad police station. According to the police, the transactions took place on July 2 between 10:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. At the Chinchwad police station, a case was registered under Sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 419, 420 (cheating), and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.