An employee of Punjab and Haryana High Court has lost Rs 1.58 lakh to cyber fraudsters, who convinced him to download the AnyDesk mobile app on his phone.
According to the police, although the alleged cheating incident took place in April this year, an FIR in the case was lodged only on Tuesday.
As per details, the victim, Ram Sanjeevan, a resident of Sector 28, had read a Facebook post which advertised some garments being sold at a cheap rates.
Sanjeevan, in his complaint to the police, said that a number was mentioned on the Facebook post, which he ended up calling. The man on the other side told Sanjeevan that the company only accepted online payments and for doing the same he would have to download a mobile application and place his order. Subsequently, Sajeevan received a link on his mobile, which he downloaded and installed. This was followed by a call, wherein the caller told him to make a token payment of Rs 2 in a particular account. As soon as Sanjeevan made the payment, the man on the other side hung up, the complaint reads.
A little while later, Sanjeevan tried calling the number back to enquire about the delivery date of the garments, for which he was told that delivery will take place in two days. Around 24 hours later, however, Sanjeevan, received a text message on his phone telling him that Rs 1,58,093 had been withdrawn from his bank account.
A case has been lodged under relevant sections, and the Cyber Cell police station has started an investigation in the case.