Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (SP)
Bengaluru, Jun 23: A teacher from here had put up her prized possession, a rupee 1 coin belonging to the year 1947, through an online marketplace, OLX, with the hope of getting a good price. Cyber thieves who enticed her by offering to pay Rs 1 crore for the coin, cheated her by collecting one lac rupees from the teacher.
The teacher who was taken for a ride in the incident happens to be a 38-year-old woman residing at Wipro Gate on Sarjapur Road here.
On June 15, the teacher had placed an advertisement on the OLX platform, offering to sell a one rupee coin belonging to the year 1947. She also provided her cell phone number. An unidentified person called her and won her trust. She believed him when he said he would buy the coin for one crore rupees. Later, he told her that the money had been transferred to her account and sent a fake screenshot of the transaction to the teacher by WhatsApp. The teacher later found that the money had not been credited to her account. She then called the above person again.
The cheater then made her believe that transfer of huge amounts entails the payment of a fee. He got the amount transferred to his account. In later days, he also got further sums of money in the guise of RBI fee, tax etc. In this way, the teacher transferred one lac rupees to his account. The teacher was frustrated that no money was transferred to her account.
As the man again sought payment of the fee, she filed a complaint against the man with the police. The police said they have registered a case and a probe is on.