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India is experiencing an increase in online fraud. Swindlers are utilizing previously unimaginable means to deceive victims. In a recent incident, a woman from Tamil Nadu lost approximately Rs 14 lakh while attempting to acquire information on establishing her own business by obtaining a KFC franchise.

V Priyadarshini, a 22-year-old woman from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, was scammed out of 14 lakhs by an unidentified individual who promised to help her obtain a KFC restaurant franchise in the city. Priyadharshini came across an advertisement for a KFC franchise while browsing the internet, according to a report by TOI.

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Priyadarshini called the number listed in the advertisement for more information on how to start her own business. The individual who answered her call claimed to hold a prominent position in the restaurant chain business and vowed to assist her in acquiring the franchise. “He then emailed her details with the KFC logo and asked her to transfer Rs. 1.5 lakh to his account, which she did on February 14 for processing work,” a TOI-quoted police officer said.

Later, the fellow demanded additional funds from the victim under the guise of interior work at her franchise and a survey of the surrounding area.

Priyadarshini, deceived by his words, transmitted a total of Rs 14,09 lakh to four separate bank accounts between February 14 and March 23. “Between February 14 and March 23, she transferred 14,09 lakh to four different bank accounts belonging to him,” On March 24, he sent her an agreement letter and turned off his mobile phone, according to the officer.

Priyadharshini submitted a complaint with the city’s cybercrime authorities after she realised she had been defrauded. The unidentified individual was charged with violating sections 420, 465, and 468 of the Indian Penal Code and section 66 D of the Information Technology Act.

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In the interim, the Jharkhand police apprehended a gang committing a similar offence using the same method of operation.

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