Like many, M Ramesh, a software professional from Nelamangala befriended a girl, who identified herself as Rachana Kadam, a nurse from US on Facebook. As they grew closer over the chat, unaware of being trapped, Ramesh agreed to deposit Rs 4.20 lakh in exchange of gold and US dollars. While Ramesh lost his money, he received nothing in return.
The incident has come to light after Ramesh lodged a complaint with Ashoknagar police station on November 14, reports Suvarna News.
It is reported that Rachana during her chat with Ramesh showed her interest to come down to Bengaluru and sought Ramesh's company in touring the City. She even asked him to find an accommodation for her stay. When Ramesh expressed his helplessness in arranging money, Rachana reportedly offered to courier gold jewellery and dollars to exchange them in rupees. Ramesh readily agreed for this.
It is reported that Ramesh received a call from one Nisha Kumari last month claiming to be a Customs Officer in Delhi International Airport. "There is a parcel from US in your name. Please deposit Rs 38,000 towards customs duty to one Suman Devi's SBI account," Ramesh says quoting Nisha in the complaint, reports Prajavani. Instead of cross-checking Ramesh simply did that.
But this did not end here. Nisha Kumari called up Ramesh again and asked him to deposit Rs 1.62 lakh in the name of service clearance. He was also asked to deposit Rs 2.70 lakh to retrieve the parcel from Customs officer.
Ramesh received a call again on November 25 from a person identifying himself as RBI personnel, Swarabh Joshi. According to the complaint, Joshi told Ramesh that the money that he deposited so far did not reach the concerned persons. Hence, Ramesh was asked to deposit Rs 4.20 lakh again to receive the parcel.
Frustrated, Ramesh took Joshi to task only to receive cold response from Joshi. It did not take much time for Ramesh to find out that there was no RBI officer in Joshi's name. To his shock, his American nurse's Facebook account too was been suspended. With no way forward, Ramesh has now approached the police.