A retired Brigadier was allegedly conned by two people who posed as staffers of Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (PCDA) office in Pune and offered him a ‘retirement bonus’.
The victim, a resident of Sector 39 Gurugram, said that he received phone calls from two people, who claimed to be working at PCDA Pune. The callers told him that he had been randomly selected for a retirement bonus of Rs 3.2 lakh since the organisation had earned some ‘profit’.
The officer, on the condition of anonymity, said, “One of them told me that he was a Colonel who had earlier worked at Army Insurance Group in Delhi.”
“They took me into confidence by sharing confidential details of my career in the Army, which is available only with Army Headquarters,” the officer said.
The officer further added that the alleged ‘fraudsters’ asked him to deposit a sum of Rs. 35,000 in a bank account for certain certificates, while assuring him that the deposit was refundable.
“I wired the money to a bank account in Aligarh. When I checked with them later about the bonus, they said it was under process,” he said, adding that the accused had even changed phone numbers.
The victim further added, “I am not concerned about the money, but if the fraudsters have access to data from Army Headquarters, it should be probed. I have shared the call details with the police.”
The victim later lodged a complaint with the cyber cell and police commissioner’s office.
A case was registered under Sections 419 (cheating by personation) and Section 420 (cheating) of IPC at Sadar Police Station.
Cyber crimes are on the rise and as many as nine cases were registered everyday in 2017.
A total of 3,297 cases were registered which included 1916 for online banking frauds, 264 complaints pertaining to Facebook, 240 related to internet fraud and 51 related to data theft.
In the first five months of 2018, 11 cases have been registered on a daily basis. Further, 1644 cases were registered till May 25.TAGS: Fraudsters con retired brigadier / Retired brigadier conned of Rs. 35 / 000 / Retired brigadier promised retirement bonus of Rs. 3.2 lakh / Retired brigadier conned / Retirement bonus / Conmen / Fraudsters / Retired brigadier / Gurugram / Gurugram news