A 57-year-old government employee in Vadodara was duped by a Delhi-based gang posing as astrologers. The person who was in search of his bride fell into the trap of astrologers in January 2018 and since then he has lost Rs 96.8 lakh to fraudsters.
The said money was transferred into various bank accounts through close to 90 online transactions in a span of three years as per Indian Express.
According to the FIR filed by the Vadodara Cyber Crime cell, the fraudster called him in January 2018, where the caller identified himself as an “astrologer from an organisation named Ram Janmabhoomi Ayodhya Vaidik Narayan Jyotish”.
The complainant has said, “He asked me what was bothering me and I confided in him that I lead a lonely life as a bachelor. He asked me for my birth details to prepare my horoscope. Later they told me that my stars were aligned to find a match with a woman aged 35 to 40 years and also beget sons. Two days later they called me and said that a renowned Maharaj would address my problems in a phone conversation… They told me that an evil spirit had cast its shadow on my family and there was a threat to the life of every surviving member.”
Police have started the investigation
“Later, they informed me that one of the sadhus performing the rituals had died and to eliminate the hurdles from the rituals, it would be necessary to donate cows, as well as gather the water offered on 12 jyotirlingas located across India to offer for the peace of the soul of the said deceased brahmin. In addition, the complainant was also asked to donate copperware and some cash to 250 brahmins,” the complainant said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime, Jaydeepsinh Jadeja said, “We are trailing the accused on the basis of the bank transactions, human intelligence, and technology.”