Pune: Woman orders wine, beer online on Dry Day, gets duped of Rs 50,000

Sumit Singh

Pune, November 10, 2019: A 32-year-old woman from West Bengal, who is visiting Pune, lost Rs 50,000 to online fraudsters after she ordered for home delivery of wine and beer on Saturday, which was a declared dry day on the backdrop of the Ayodhya verdict in the Ramjanmbhoomi-Babri Masjid case.

After realizing the cheating she lodged a complaint with Hinjawadi police station under Pimpri-Chinchwad police commissionerate. Police have registered a case against the unidentified person.

According to police, the incident took place around 6 pm on Saturday. As the wine shops were closed in Bavdhan where she is staying, the woman searched for the number of wine shop online. She called a phone number available on the internet. The person who answered the phone said that the shop is closed since it was a dry day. However, he said that if the money was paid online, he would deliver the wine and beer to her house.

Police said that the man sent her a link of an online payment platform and the woman initiated the transaction. She received one time passwords (OTP) which she shared with the accused man and subsequently lost Rs 31,700 and Rs 19,000 from her account. But she did not get the wine or the beer. Later, she approached the police.

Police have registered the FIR for offences under section 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and other relevant sections of the Information Technology Act.