Fake Customs Officer Cheats divorcee of gold, cash in Chennai
Chennai : Police have launched a hunt for a man who posed as a Customs officer and took away 30 sovereigns of gold and Rs 27,000 from a divorced woman at Thiruvottiyur.
The man approached the woman through a matrimony website and promised to marry her. He visited her house and decamped with the valuables from the safe.
Bhavani (name changed), of Madhavaram, received a call from a man called Rajendran, who said he was a Customs officer at Chennai airport. He claimed to have got her number through a matrimonial website.
Believing it, Bhavani’s family invited Rajendran home. She and her family liked him. While Bhavani’s family began preparing for the marriage, Rajendran again visited her house.
After a while, Bhavani’s family members checked the safe and found cash and gold missing. They suspected Rajendran and lodged a police complaint.
During inquiries, police found there was no one called Rajendran in the customs department.
When they tried to reach his mobile number, it was switched off. Bhavani had married Daniel in 2007. They had opted for mutual divorce and Bhavani legally separated from Daniel in 2015.
She was staying with her parents and recently, her family had registered her details on the matrimonial website, seeking a groom.
Man arrested for posing as CBI officer, blackmailing Mumbai businesswoman
Mumbai : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday arrested three people for allegedly threatening and extorting money from a Mumbai-based businesswoman. One of the arrested accused was posing himself as a CBI officer.
A case was registered on a complaint against two accused and other unknown persons under relevant sections of IPC and the IT Act.
The complainant, in the complaint, alleged that she was being threatened by some CBI officers in the name of making adverse report in an enquiry being conducted by CBI in which another Law Enforcement Agency had already finalized its report.
“For the said purpose, the imposters were calling the businesswoman and sending Whatsapp messages using mobile numbers registered in fake names and addresses. It was revealed during verification that one of the suspects was posing himself as Special Investigation Officer, Sr. SP of CBI, ACB, New Delhi and the other as his subordinate CBI officer,” the official statement said.
The victim also received an email from the fake CBI email ID wherein she was asked to produce documents related to her firm and other personal details to CBI.
“During later conversations, the imposters allegedly asked her to pay Rs 10 lakh for the said purpose and later, the amount was reduced to Rs five lakh. The fraudsters were identified to be based out of Mirzapur (UP) and Bangalore,” the statement read.
The investigation agency apprehended the two accused at Mumbai Airport when they arrived in the city for collecting Rs five lakh from the victim. During the investigation, it was revealed that the emails were spoofed by one accused based at Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh), who was also arrested.