Mumbai: retired bank manager tricked into Rs 12.5 lakh by fraudsters, FIR filed

A 60-year-old woman, who recently retired as managing director of a nationalized bank, was allegedly duped to the tune of Rs 12.5 lakh by a group of fraudsters who claimed she had won a lottery of worth Rs 7.5 lakh. Police said the fraudsters used a unique method to gain the victim’s trust, as they sent a letter with a stripe to her residential address claiming that she had won the Naaptol Company lottery, after which she had contacted the cell phone number and was subsequently duped.

Police said a case was registered at Malad Police Station on Friday under relevant sections of the IPC for breach of trust, identity theft and fraud. Police said according to the victim impact statement she retired from a nationalized bank in 2020.

“Then on June 30, a letter was first sent to his office address, which was then sent to his home. It contained a scratch card from the Naaptol company and after scratching it, she realized that she had won the lottery for Rs 7.5 lakh on the occasion of their 12th birthday, ”said a Malad police station officer.

The woman then contacted the cell phone number mentioned on the letter.

“On July 2, I received a call from a person who identified himself as Nitin Kumar Singh and he claimed that he was calling on behalf of the Naaptol company. He also told me that I had won the lottery, ”the woman said in her statement to police. Subsequently, he claimed Rs 8,250 as a service charge, which the complainant says she immediately refused.

He also sent a copy of his Aadhar card and PAN card to WhatsApp to gain his trust. “Later, under the pretext of paying income taxes, processing fees and other charges, the frauds managed to convince her to transfer a sum of Rs 12.5 lakh,” said an officer.

But since the complainant did not receive any amount that she won in the lottery and that she could not reach the accused because her phone and WhatsApp number were turned off, she realized that she had been duped.

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