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Tue, 23 Jul 2019

Northeast Today

Meghalaya: Facebook Friend Dupes Girl

Meghalaya: Facebook Friend Dupes Girl
November 08
14:29 2014

Despite advisories from the state police to be aware of cyber frauds, girls of Shillong is still falling prey to cyber crimes committed through a social networking site. In the latest case, a lady lodged a complaint at Mawlai police station that since the last six months she had been chatting with her Facebook friend who went by the name of one Eric Jack.

During the course of their chatting the man promised her to send a parcel containing electronic items, clothes and cash. In her FIR, the lady said that in the first week of September, she received a call from one person claiming to be an agent of M/s Allied Courier Company, Delhi informing her that her parcel has reached and the money has been deposited at RBI Central office. The person further said that in order to claim the money, the complainant had on several occasions, deposited money amounting to Rs. 11 lakh in the account of one Nitish Anand and one Sunil Verma.

Later, when she was again asked to deposit Rs. 2, 50,000, she realized that she has been cheated. Police said the latest type of cyber crimes being reported in East Khasi Hills were through Facebook, where criminals befriend female friends and claim to be in a foreign land.

“After having established the friendship they then inform that they will be visiting India or that they will be sending a parcel of items to the victim,” police said. “Subsequently, they will inform that they have been detained in the airport or that the parcel has been detained by the customs for which they need urgent money to pay as fine,” police added.

Police said that the victim is then asked to deposit a certain amount of money into an account of another person in India. “It is only after they have deposited the money and after a long wait, the victim then realizes that her Facebook friend has duped her,” police said.

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