3.9l woman duped on electronic loans | Pune News
The woman filed a complaint with the Sangvi police on Saturday, after the scammers sent her obscene messages and threatened to share their interactive messages with all her contacts.
The police have now registered a case under section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Information Technology (IT) Act.
The woman, a resident of Pimple Gurav, had taken out loans collectively worth over Rs2 lakh from different mobile apps that issue instant personal loans. She took them in different amounts during the short seven-day period in December 2020.
“At the end of December 2020, most of these instant loan apps were shut down and their leaders stopped contacting the woman,” a Sangvi police officer told TOI.
However, on February 6, 2021, the woman received a call from a man claiming to be a collection department manager at a private bank. He told her that the amount of interest on her loans had been increased. Interestingly, the woman had not taken any loans from this bank – but when the man gave her the exact details of his loans from various apps, she believed him.
Under the guise of several reasons, the woman was asked to pay various charges. She was first lured by the promise of no interest, then demanded a payment to move her case forward, and more.
“The man managed to send him screenshots of the clearing of all loan fees and NOCs. These later turned out to be fake,” the cop said.
In February, the appellant contacted her again and told her to pay the GST on the amount of her refund. When she refused, she started receiving abusive calls from unknown cell numbers. “She also received obscene messages and was told that their interactions would be made public,” the officer said.