In a shocking incident a 26-year-old woman from Airoli in Navi Mumbai has allegedly lost over Rs 5.79 lakh in an online fraud, Rabale police said.
The woman had returned to India after completing her Master’s degree biotechnology course in Australia. The Rabale police have registered a case of cheating following her complaint.
According to the police the incident took place between February and March.
According to the complaint, Nilakshi More, returned to India on February 11. Soon after, she updated her profile on a job portal. On February 22, she got a job offer from an email ID which was made to look like the official correspondence of a Canada-based chemical company.
The fraudsters made her fill a form and a few days later, conveyed through the same e-mail id to inform her that she had been selected for the job. Later, a woman who identified herself as Lynn Desautels called More on her number and asked her for more details.
More was then connected to another woman who identified herself as Nora Jayden, posing as an agent in New Delhi. Nora told More that she would have to pay Rs 35,800 as work visa charges, Rs 88,650 for the work permit, said the police.
Further More also paid Rs 2.89 lakh for the travel expenses including flight tickets. After More transferred the money the fraudsters asked the victim for more money to create a new bank account for her and made her transfer Rs 1.65 lakh.
“However, the accused kept calling her and asked her for more money on various pretexts. Then the complainant found something amiss and after verifying some details, found that the email id on which she was sent the job interest was fake,” said an officer from Rabale police station.
More recently approached the police, following which a case was registered against the two women, Desautels and Jayden on Tuesday.