Cyber crooks posing as patient & Army officer duped Doctors for Rs.45,000, in two separate incidents

Yogesh K Porwar & Avanth Kumar Kankaria

A dentist and owner of a pathology lab became the victim of cyber crooks who posed as patients,duped the doctors in separate incidents and made away with 45,000.

Dr G Nagajyothi,a 50-year-old dentist from Nagarabhavi in her complaint to the west division cyber crime police on Friday, said that the accused called on her contact number seeking online consultation.

The accused,posing as Praveen Kumar from JP Nagar,said that he wanted to get a dental implant for his father and asked for the charges.

Dr.Nagajyothi refused to give the details of the charges unless she would consult the patient and examine him physically,for which the accused convinced and sent a photo of the patient to check and tell him the approximate fee .

As soon as the fee was revealed the accused readily agreed and sent her Rs 2 on google pay asking her to accept a link he had sent so that he could send the fee in advance .

As soon as the ink was accepted Rs 20,000 was debited from his account and the accused was not reachable .

Similarly, a conman posing as army officer called Dr Manasa HP,owner of path lab in Rajajinagar asking her to examine his blood investigation and asked for the invoice .

As soon as she shared the details,he sent a link on the pretext of payment asking her to accept it .

Seconds after she accepted the link Rs.25,000 has been deducted from her account.Based on her complaint the North division Cyber crime police have taken up a case and are investigating.

A police officer part of the investigations said it is a most common form of online fraud.Despite awareness and repeated reminders not to accept any links from unknown sources,educated people fall prey to such frauds,he added.