Search for new job costs Pune ex-army man Rs 8.5L

PUNE: Fraudsters cheated a 52-year-old retired army man of Rs8.5 lakh — the amount he got after retirement — promising him a job with good salary between July and August last year.
The victim, currently residing at Bopkhel, lodged a complaint with the Dighi police on Friday. Senior inspector Mohan Shinde said, “The complainant retired in June 2020 from the services. But he decided to continue to work and prepared a biodata and uploaded it on a prominent job portal.”
According to the complaint, the victim received a call in July on his cellphone and a woman allegedly told him that she looked after the hiring procedure of a prominent company.
“The woman promised a job to him in the prominent company and won his confidence. Following this, either the woman or her two men accomplices used to call him. The fraudsters then asked the victim to transfer different fees, processing charges, document verification, interview charges and others. The suspects also promised to return the money once he joined the services in the private company,” Shinde said.
He said, “The victim ended up transferring Rs8.5 lakh using services of his UPI application. He transferred the money on the UPI app of the fraudsters. The victim stopped transferring money to them in August after he did not receive any kind of communication from the company specifying the job. He then started calling up the fraudsters — the woman and her two accomplices — but they kept on demanding more money from him till December to give him an offer letter and refused to return the money they had already taken.”
Police are investigating the credentials of the phone numbers used by the suspects and checking the details of the UPI applications used by the fraudsters. Charges of cheating and provisions of the Information Technology Act have been invoked against the three fraudsters.

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