After collecting Rs 2.89 lakh from the victim, the accused allegedly blocked him and became incommunicado (Representative Image).   |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- A man from Hyderabad lost nearly Rs 3 lakh to cyber crooks
- The accused duped the man through Bitcoin trade
Hyderabad: A man from Hyderabad fell prey to online fraudsters and lost Rs 2.89 lakh to them. The accused allegedly duped the man through online advertisements and fake Bitcoin trade.
The victim was a resident of Kondapur, Hyderabad. He came across an advertisement on Telegram that offered several financial investment schemes.
Accused added victim to Telegram group
Lured by the advertisement, the man decided to become a part of the scheme and was added to a Telegram group. The accused pretended that the Bitcoin trade mentioned in the advertisement was being facilitated by foreign nationals named Amanda William, Lucy Alton and Jeremy Williams.
Victim blocked by accused after being trapped for 2 months
After collecting Rs 2.89 lakh from the victim, the accused allegedly blocked him and became incommunicado. The accused managed to fool the accused for 2 months, by giving him the impression that he was trading in Bitcoins. The victim also created a profile on Trust wallet on the instruction of the accused, The Times of India reported.
The victim sent the amount in several instalments. The first instalment amounted to $200. The victim was under the impression that we would earn $1,000 through the payment. The balance shown on a website created by the accused indicated that he was earning the promised profits. The money, however, was not transferred to the man’s wallet.
After realising that he was duped, the man approached the Cyberabad police and lodged a case. The man told the cops that he lost Rs 2.89 lakh to cyber crooks and Amanda William, Lucy Alton and Jeremy Williams were booked under the Information Technology (IT) Act.