Pune Couple Falls Victim to Rs 28 Lakh Scam Promising MHADA Home on Sinhagad Road

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Pune, 2nd May 2024: A man duped a Pune couple of more than Rs 28 lakhs by luring them with the promise of securing a Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) scheme home. He also portrayed himself as an employee of the Government of Maharashtra to gain the victims’ trust. This incident occurred online from February 2024 to April 2024. A 34-year-old woman from Karve Nagar has complained to Bharti Vidyapeeth Police Station. Bharti Vidyapeeth Police have registered a case against three unknown accused.

According to police reports, a man contacted a couple from Karve Nagar, Pune. He claimed to be a clerk in the Government of Maharashtra and showed them a fake ID. After gaining their trust, he assured them that he would provide them with a flat from the MHADA Scheme in a prime location like Sinhagad Road.

A woman and another man were also involved in this scheme; they colluded and managed to extract Rs 28,06,553 from the complainant through RTGS, Net Banking, and Phone Pay, duping the couple for their financial gain. When the scammers ceased responding, the couple promptly rushed to Bharti Vidyapeeth Police Station.

Regarding this, Bharti Vidyapeeth Police have registered a case against three unknown accused under IPC Sections 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention). Police Sub-Inspector Dheeraj Gupta from Bharti Vidyapeeth Police Station is further investigating this matter.