Pune: Wakad Resident Falls Prey to Money Laundering Scam, Loses Rs 40 Lakh

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Wakad, 8th April 2024: On March 21 and 22, a fraudulent incident unfolded in Wakad, where a man fell victim to a scam involving claims of an arrest warrant issued in a money laundering case, resulting in a loss of Rs 40 lakh. Satyajit Virendra Kumar, aged 46 and a resident of Wakad, complained to the Wakad police station, prompting an investigation into the matter.

According to the police report, the perpetrators contacted Satyajit via phone number 8808208924 and instructed him to join the Skype app using the IDs “Mumbaipolice39” and “MumbaiCBI”. They deceitfully informed Satyajit that he was implicated in a money laundering case, and an arrest warrant had been issued against him.

To resolve the situation and cancel the warrant, he was coerced into paying a security amount. The scammers further claimed they would investigate his purported money laundering investments. To maintain secrecy, they falsely invoked the Official Secrets Act, of 1923, prohibiting Satyajit from discussing the matter with anyone.

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The fraudsters succeeded in duping Satyajit by illicitly transferring Rs 40 lakh from his account. Wakad Police are investigating this matter further.