Pune Woman Scammed: An FIR has been launched against an online fraudster who befriended a Pune woman on Facebook and duped her of Rs 18.12 lakh on the pretext of sending her an expensive gift.

The 43-year-old woman then lodged a complaint at the Wanavdi police station under Section 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under various sections of the Information Technology Act.

According to the police, the woman received a friend request on Facebook from an account named “Droscar Santiago” in December 2020 and she accepted it. After the duo started chatting and talking to each other on phone, the fraudster claimed that he was a foreigner. He told the complainant that he had sent her a costly gift and asked her to transfer money into various bank accounts towards custom duty and other charges to claim the gift.

Till January 2021, the woman paid Rs 18.12 lakh to the…

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