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In A Case Of Cyber Fraud, Student Loses INR 1.17 Lakh While Looking For Work From Home Job. This Sucks!

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A 25-year-old student from Mumbai who was searching for a work from home job opportunity fell prey to cyber fraud. A resident of Pali Naka in Bandra West, lost nearly  Rs.1.17 lakh in the online fraud. She was lured by the fraudster to invest the money into online shopping schemes and promised high returns. The woman was already doing a part-time job but was on a search for better work from home opportunities. According to the police reports, while searching for the Work from home option, the student found a WhatsApp number offering the job. She contacted the person who offered her a scheme to invest in online shopping and promised good returns

The woman liked the offer and initially invested only Rs.700 initially on which she received a commission of Rs. 230. Later, she invested Rs.4300 in the scheme. It was then she was informed that her investment had been locked and she had to pay money to unlock it. She was asked to invest Rs.27,940 for it.

The woman did not find anything suspicious and immediately paid the amount. However, the fraudster again claimed that her investments had been locked and asked her to pay Rs.40,000 to unlock them. This time as well she paid the money but was asked to pay further Rs.43,640 for the same reason.

According to the police, the woman ended up paying the money again. However, the results were the same. The fraudster continued to demand more money from her. At the time, she had already paid a total of Rs.1.17 lakh to the fraudster. It was only then that she realised she had been cheated and the money she had invested will never be returned.

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The woman decided to file a complaint in the police station after consulting with her family about the online fraud. The police have registered an offence of cheating along with section 66C (identity theft) and 66D (cheating by personation using computer resources) of the Information Technology Act. The cases of online fraud are rising day by day. Hence, we should thoroughly check before investing money online.

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