Tele-callers beware. Do not befriend anonymous customers and land in trouble. A tele-caller from the city was made to part with Rs.1,47,800 by one such anonymous customer with false promises.
The accused and his friend, who had also made the girl part with her money, were arrested by the Cyber Crime Police.
Giving details to the media on Friday, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Branch) Mohd. Khan said the girl was employed as a tele-caller in a real estate company.
The prime accused V. Mallesh (26) of Gambiraopeta in Karimnagar district, who was a car driver by profession, hatched a plan to deceive the girl when she called him on his mobile as part of her duty. He prolonged the conversation and slowly developed intimacy with the girl over the phone.
Mallesh made the girl believe that he would marry her. He gave her his bank account number and asked her to send money as he was in some need. She deposited Rs.1,47,800 believing his words. She, however, learnt that she was cheated and lodged a complaint with the Three Town Police on July 7, this year. A case was registered and subsequently transferred to the Cyber Crimes Investigation Cell for further investigation.
Mr. Khan said Three Town Inspector V. Srinivasa Rao and Cyber Crime SI S. Ramesh and their team investigated the case based on the mobile numbers of the accused and his friend P. Srinivas (27) of the same village. The accused were arrested near the RTC Complex on Thursday and Rs.5,000 cash, bank passbook, an ATM card, some clothes and two mobile handsets were seized from them. He said Mallesh was earlier arrested in chain snatching cases in Karimnagar in the past.