A businessman from Mumbai who ordered N95 masks after seeing an commercial on a preferred social media platform ended up shedding Rs2.93 lakh in a case of cyber-fraud, police officers have mentioned.
Earlier this month, one other businessman from Mumbai misplaced Rs12.29 lakh whereas attempting to acquire N95 masks and private protecting gear (PPE) kits on-line.
In accordance with police in MHB Colony, the 35-year-old businessman, a resident of Borivali (West), registered a primary data report (FIR) with them on Could 21. In accordance with his criticism, he had seen an commercial for N95 masks. A police official from MHB colony police station confirmed the event including additional probe is on. A replica of the FIR was reviewed by HT.
He contacted the one that had issued the commercial by Fb Messenger and bought his cell quantity. The individual mentioned he owns a masks manufacturing firm in Raigad.
In accordance with the criticism, the businessman mentioned he wished to purchase 200,000 N95 masks however the one that claimed to be the masks producer mentioned he had solely 100,000 masks and if a reserving was not made instantly, he would promote them to another person.
The businessman booked 100,000 masks at a value of Rs1.65 crore however mentioned he would full the deal after assembly the vendor in individual. The vendor, nevertheless, mentioned this could not be attainable due to the Covid-19 lockdown and that he would ship the masks by truck to Borivali.
The businessman requested him to ship a video of the masks as proof. The vendor despatched him a video of a truck containing masks. Based mostly on this video, the businessman despatched Rs2.93 lakh in installments as advance fee until Could 12.
Following these funds, the opposite individual stored delaying the order. After a couple of days handed, the businessman bought indignant and the vendor mentioned he was cancelling the deal and would return the cash.
A couple of extra days handed by however the vendor didn’t return the cash or ship the masks. The helpless businessman instructed him that he would file a police criticism, to which the vendor mentioned he was free to go forward. As extra days handed by, the businessman stored contacting the vendor, who gave no response.
On Could 21, the businessman approached police in MHB Colony and lodged an FIR for dishonest and impersonation.