Man tricks people with fake online bank loan ads, detained

Pune: After losing his job during the Covid pandemic, a passenger vehicle driver starts posting advertisements on social media platforms about “1-2 hour instant bank loan” and tricks people into charging “ processing fee” before landing on the police network.

Dattawadi police arrested the accused, identified as Vitthal Babu Jarande (33) from Uruli Devachi, on 3 October.

Police say the accused lost his job during the Covid-induced lockdown in 2020 and took to social media to earn some easy cash.

On September 8, 2022, Dattawadi Police received a complaint from a Rahul Bhosale from Parvati for contacting the accused through a Facebook advertisement for Loan of 2 lakh for home renovation. The accused, posing as an official of a major investment company, promised to help the victim and asked 4,000 as “processing fee”.

The plaintiff said that after receiving the initial amount via a mobile wallet, the defendant said there was a technical problem and then blocked the victim’s mobile number.

Abhay Mahajan, Senior Inspector of Dattawadi Police Station, said: “The accused left home early in the morning every day telling his family that he had a job but used to wander around the city ​​and trick people by posting fake ads on social media. platforms.”

Mahajan said the accused used to tell victims to transfer 4,000- 5,000 as a “processing fee” for loan approval. The accused confessed to deceiving more than 200 people.

A case has been registered at Dattawadi Police Station under Sections 419 (Punishment for Cheating), 420 (Cheating and Dishonesty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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