Facebook friend dupes Shillong woman of Rs 2.5 lakh

Shillong, September 30: Reportedly, a women from Shillong  Dr. Ardina K Marak had filed a complaint that she lost Rs. 2.5 lakh by befriending an unknown person online. As per reports, she had befriended a Jones Kennedy K Marak, who claimed he was living in the UK, on Facebook in July.

On August 16, she received a call from Customs Clearance Service by a person named Pooja Sharma, who claimed Kennedy was detained at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi for carrying UK currency worth Rs 200 crore and asked her to pay Rs 58,000 as penalty, which she acted in accordance with, mentioned the lady in her police complaint.

On further inquiry by police officials, the ICICI Bank confirmed that Ardina had deposited Rs 50,000, Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 50,000, on three occasions earlier this month.

Cases of cyber fraud has recently been on the rise in the state and it still continues despite repeated reminders from police and authorities against lending money to unknown people on social media.