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Thane man alleges Rs 2.5cr fraud by internet gang

THANE: A Thane resident running in the Thailand Consulate has filed a grievance claiming some individuals he befriended on the web cheated him of Rs 2.53 crore at the pretext of moving USD 18 lakh to him, police stated on Friday.

The guy, along with his spouse and two youngsters, had visited Thailand in August 2017, police stated.

"On his return, he was befriended on Facebook by one Mariam Khurshid. She told the complainant that her late Army officer husband had left USD 18 lakh for her. Since she was having trouble with her brother-in-law who wanted to now marry her, the woman said she wanted to transfer the amount to the complainant and shift to India," an reputable from Khadakpada police station in Kalyan right here stated.

The guy was later instructed that the cash had arrived at Delhi Airport and he must pay several lakh rupees in "customs duty", police stated.

"Later, he was told by a person who brought the currency box to his residence that the notes had got soiled and it would cost Rs 30 lakh per kilo to clean them," the reputable stated.

In November ultimate year, some other guy got here to his residence to "clean" the notes and he too swindled Rs 41 lakh from the complainant, the reputable added.

"He later found that all the people he had come in contact with in this matter through Mariam Khurshid were unreachable on phone as well as on social media sites after he had completed transferring large sums of money to them. He has claimed that the total amount he lost in the process was Rs 2.53 crore," the reputable stated.

Realising he have been duped, the person filed a grievance on Thursday, the reputable stated, adding that Khadakpada police had registered a case of dishonest and forgery.

"The names provided to us by the complainant are Mariam Khurshid, George Kara, Johnson Scoton, Kon, Islam, Khalu and David Marks. We are verifying the incident and have not made any arrest so far," the police reputable stated.

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