Kollam man loses Rs 40 lakh to scammers posing as Mumbai Police

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Kollam: A man from Kerala's Kollam was duped of more than Rs 40 lakh by cyber fraudsters who told him that drugs had been found in a parcel sent by him and pressurised him to transfer the money online. Some of the scammers in the gang posed as officers of the Mumbai Police Cyber Wing. 

The Kerala Police said that the fraudulent scheme began with a phone call from a purported customer service representative of a renowned courier company. During the conversation, the man alleged that a parcel sent by the Kollam man from Mumbai to Thailand had been seized by Mumbai Police. The caller claimed that the parcel contained illicit substances, including MDMA, alongside the victim's personal belongings such as passport, credit card, and laptop. 

Under the guise of rectifying the situation, the caller connected the victim to persons posing as senior police officers from the Cybercrime Cell of Mumbai Police. These scammers skillfully manipulated the victim by claiming that accounts linked to terrorist activities had been created using the victim's Aadhaar number, instilling fear in his mind, a statement issued by Kerala Police said here. 

The perpetrators went to great lengths to deceive the victim, instructing him to install Skype for further communication and coercing him into divulging sensitive financial information, including details of his bank account and savings. In a distressing turn of events, the victim succumbed to pressure and transferred a staggering sum of Rs 40,30,000 to an account provided by the fraudsters, only to realise later that he had fallen prey to an online scam. 

Kollam East Police have initiated an investigation into the incident. The state police headquarters urged victims of online financial fraud to report such crimes within the 'Golden Hour' (within one hour of the incident) to maximise the chances of recovering lost money. 

(With PTI inputs)

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