A 35-year-old from Chandkheda was targeted by cybercrooks who allegedly lured him to invest in bitcoins by promising good returns. They allegedly cheated him of Rs 16.94 lakh.
Atulsinh Chauhan filed a complaint of cheating and breach of trust with the Cybercrime police on Monday. He received a message on WhatsApp asking him to join a link. He clicked on the link and was taken to a Telegram group where he was asked to earn money by liking videos. He was paid Rs 210 for a task, and the money was deposited in his account.
On February 7, he was asked to join a group and given the prepaid task of liking videos on YouTube. He was asked to pay Rs 1,000 to a UPI ID and earned paid Rs 1,200 on completion of the task.
Later, he got a call asking him to log onto a website, and I opened an account on it and was asked to go for tasks by paying a larger amount. After he paid Rs 1.15 lakh and Rs 2.25 lakh for tasks, he was asked to pay a fee of Rs 8.25 lakh to withdraw the money.
Chauhan told police that he was asked to invest his earnings in bitcoins and was promised good returns. He accumulated Rs 37.5 lakh in this manner. When he sought to withdraw the amount, he was asked to pay Rs 11.32 lakh as tax.
This made him suspicious. He then got a call from Gurgaon, and the caller tried to convince him that the company was genuine. When he asked for his money back, they insisted he pay them the tax first.
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