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Maharashtra: Wakad man loses Rs 10 lakh in bakery franchise Fraud

Maharashtra: Wakad man loses Rs 10 lakh in bakery franchise Fraud

A resident of Wakad, Pune, was scammed out of Rs10 lakhs by cyber crooks who promised him a franchise of a bakery and cake shop chain. The victim filled in his details on a website and received a call from someone claiming to be from the franchise in Mumbai. He was asked to pay registration and security charges, which he did. However, it turned out to be a scam, and the victim lost his money. The police are investigating the case.

PUNE: Cyber crooks duped a 33-year-old Wakad resident of Rs10 lakhs between September 18 and 28 over a deal for the franchise of a prominent bakery and cake shop chain.

The victim, who works with a private company, told Wakad police in his complaint on Monday that he had run an online search for details to acquire a franchise of the bakery and cake shop. "On September 18, he filled in his details in a form on a website related to the franchise of bakeries and applied for the franchise," an officer from the Wakad police told TOI. The officer said that, according to the complainant, the next day, he received a call from an unknown number. The caller claimed that he was calling from the cake shop chain's franchise located in Mumbai and told him that he needed to spend at least Rs10 lakhs to get the franchise. "Another person who claimed to be the manager of the franchise called the victim and told him to register for the franchise. The man then sent a form for registration and requested the victim fill in the necessary details," the officer said

He said that the 'manager' also told the victim to send his shop's photographs, current location, and live location to him. "The complainant told us that on September 25, the man contacted him and told him that the franchise was allotted to him. He also told him to pay Rs 15,500 as registration charges," the officer said. He said that after the payment was made, the person again contacted him and told him to transfer Rs 1 lakh for security charges. "On the next day, the victim received a statement from the 'company' that Rs 1.15 lakh was received from him," the officer said. 


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