Mangaluru, Aug 26,2016: It is reported that a woman residing at Derebail Landlinks township, was relieved of Rs. 34 lakhs on Facebook over a month. In a complaint filed in Kavoor police station here, a person who introduced himself to be a resident of a foreign country on Facebook earned her trust and cheated her of Rs 34 lakhs.
As per the complaint, from the woman, a man who claimed himself as John Paul, had become familiar with Reshma M Rao (44), the complainant, on Facebook and had come to trust each other over the last three months. After coming to know that Reshma’s husband was working abroad, John said he would send seven crore rupees for purchasing sites in India. He informed her that an amount of Rs 34 lakhs would have to be advanced for tax and other expenses related to fund transfer.
Lured by the offer of seven crore rupees, Reshma transferred money through online transfer. For this, he had opened a point of banking through Standard Chartered Bank and Rs 34 lakhs was transferred through different transactions in the name of different persons.
John had provided email and account details of a person named James Biden working in the US bank, asking her to conduct correspondence with this person. Once the amount was deposited, John Paul, who claimed himself to be staying in USA and England on different occasions, stopped contacting her. The expected seven crore rupees also vanished from dreams, the woman realized she had been cheated and dumped.