In yet another online cheating case, a 57-year-old astrologer was duped of Rs52.5 lakh under a scheme that offered handsome interest between March 20 and July 23 this year.
The astrologer, Sushilkumar Ramchandra Shirkhande, who runs his centre at his house in Vinayaknagar, Sangvi for the last couple of years, lodged a complaint with Sangvi police station in this regard.
The Sangvi police were surprised that Shrikhande managed to invest such a huge amount in the scheme. They claimed that Shrikhande has been charging people amounts ranging from Rs50,000 to Rs70,000 to solve their problems.
According to the police, Shrikhande came across a website www.999asia.com that offered a scheme ‘Give help, receive help’. The fraudsters claimed that if someone invested Rs50,000 for a month, they would return Rs1 lakh. Similarly, if the netizen invested the same amount for three months, the fraudsters would return Rs3.6 lakh.
Senior police inspector Saifan Mujavar of Sangvi police station told dna, “Shrikhande was lured by the scheme and started investing his money in it. Initially, he invested Rs50,000 but later the investors convinced him to invest more money. They gave him various bank accounts and told him that they would deposit the returns in his accounts but they never deposited money there.”
To gain his confidence, the cheaters used to call often and send mails to Shrikhande. They insisted he invest more money in the scheme. “When Shrikhande insisted on getting returns, the cheaters stopped their website and stopped receiving his calls. They stopped using their mobile numbers too. Shrikhande approached us and lodged a complaint. Now, the cyber crime cell is investigating the case.”