WhatsApp 'task fraud': Man duped of Rs 8.50 lakh in Gurugram; 4 held

Gurugram, Feb 26 (IANS): A cyber crime team of the Gurugram Police has arrested four persons for allegedly duping a Gurugram-based man who reportedly lost Rs 8.50 lakh to fraudsters who lured him on the pretext of "earning big returns".

The victim was contacted by the scamsters over WhatsApp. He was told that he could earn good money if he completed a part-time job involving online tasks, said a police officer.

The arrested individuals have been identified as Chander Prakash Tiwari -- a resident of Kaithal in Haryana -- the kingpin of the gang, Ankit, Nitin Kumar, and Abhinav -- all residents of Uttar Pradesh.

"Hoping to earn good returns, the victim ended up paying Rs 8.50 lakh in different bank accounts but never received any remuneration," Priyanshu Diwan, Assistant Police Commissioner (ACP) Cyber Crime, Gurugram, said.

The police investigation also revealed that the defrauded amount of about Rs 15 crore was also transferred to the account of a Chinese citizen. This matter is under investigation.

A case has been registered under section 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

According to the police, the "online task" fraud typically entails trapping victims by making them perform tasks such as 'liking' videos and making small payments initially to win their trust.

The victims were later lured to invest money to gain large returns. The police have recovered 3 mobile phones and 5 bank kits from the possession of the accused.



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  • Prakash, Manipal

    Mon, Feb 26 2024

    This racket is rampant in India... They operate in the name of big companies but payment goes to chicken shop/tailor shop... Govt must step in very hard on these fraudsters... Young school going children are the worst affected by these online earning apps....

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Mon, Feb 26 2024

    after 2014 take over of gujju fraud lords of delhi...the whole country has become VANCHAKA MAYA...so enjoy the acche dins

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Mon, Feb 26 2024

    Luckily they were not from the Minority ...

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