A 20-year-old law student from Pune, who was looking for a student loan online, was cheated out of Rs 90,000 after cyber scammers she contacted on a website allegedly misled her paying the amount in installments, police said. .
On Monday evening, the student filed a First Information Report (FIR) regarding fraud at Dehu Road Police Station in Pimpri-Chinchwad, following which the police registered a case under the information technology and also invoked cheating related articles under Indian criminal law. Code (IPC) against the accused, officers said.
According to the FIR, the complainant was looking online for an education loan on the night of April 1 to meet certain academic requirements for her law degree. During the research, she found a platform offering education loans and contacted the phone numbers published on its website. The person who answered the call said they could get a loan of Rs 5 lakh and asked him to send him identity documents and credentials, he said.
Subsequently, she received several calls from various people claiming to be from the same platform and asking her for transfers under the guise of processing fees, security fees, tax fees, RBI interest, etc. ., added the FIR. After making half a dozen transfers, totaling more than Rs 90,000, she spoke to relatives and friends who pointed out that she had been scammed, the woman said.