BHOPAL: On the premise of taking his residence on rent and paying advance rent, an online fraudster posing as an Army officer allegedly defrauded a Shahpura legal advisor of Rs 96,000.
The victim had placed an ad on a website to rent his apartment. On Thursday, the victim reported the incident to the cyber-crime branch, which forwarded the complaint to Shahpura police station.
Pankaj Singh Thakur, 42, a resident of Shantikunj in Shahpura’s Bharat Nagar, works as a legal advisor for a private firm in Mandideep. In his police report, he claimed that he had advertised his flat for rent on a real estate website.
The complainant said that he received a call from an unknown number on October 3 in which the caller pretended to be an Army soldier. The accused wanted to take his house on rent. The accused offered to pay the rent in advance and Thakur agreed.
The conman used an online payment wallet to send Rs 1 to Thakur. When Thakur received the money and began to trust him. Then the accused provided him a QR Code, which was used to deduct Rs 95,997 in two transactions from his account.
After the accused turned off his phone. Thakur filed a complaint with the cyber-crime police, which was forwarded to the Shahpura police station after he realised he had been duped.
This kind of mishappening has been common in big cities nowadays due to increasing to-let boards in residential areas. This becomes the hotspot for malicious criminals who are ready to pounce on money.
The police said, “There are many websites which directly provide the info regarding vacant houses, but this data is being misused by some people now.”
There have been many such cases that have made landlords a victim of cybercriminals posing as tenants.
So, the next time someone calls you posing as a tenant through a phone call, make sure that you meet them personally, verify his identity, and then give them a room to stay because your safety is of prime importance.
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