Online scammers defraud a man from Maharashtra of Rs. 9.3 lakh

Victim, 37, says he was offered franchises by a reputed fast-food chain . Victim says he was offered a franchisee of a reputed US fast-food chain .

PUNE: Police in Pimpri Chinchwad are probing a lawsuit filed by a 37-year-old employee of a private company who said that unidentified fraudsters kidnapped him of Rs 9.3 lakh by promising him a franchisee of a reputed US fast-food chain.The fraud took place between June and July this year, when the perpetrator first received an email stating that the company was offering franchises to interested parties, and he responded to the letter and received an online form.The victim filed a lawsuit at the Chinchwad police station on Friday.The email id of the shady criminals, according to investigators, was very similar to that of the companies.

After submitting the form, he received a mail saying that his application had been rejected.Upon receiving this letter, he was called by a fraudster, who said he was a company rep and that he cares for the company's franchise segment.He asked the victim to submit the form once more.The victim was called by the fraudster immediately after submitting the form again, requesting that he transfer funds for registration, NOC, and other charges.

The victim became suspicious and approached the police, according to police.The victim became suspicious after the robbers, who were pretending to be business executives, refused to give him any receipt, either electronic or paper, for the rest of his life.They also refused to meet him in person, he said.According to police, the money went to a bank account with a public sector bank in Goregaon (West), Mumbai, after preliminary investigations.