New Delhi: A woman was lured into parting with Rs 1.30 crore by a person who became her friend on Facebook after he assured her a sum of about Rs 9 crore to open an old-age home in Dehradun, according to a ToI report.
The victim, Beena Bor Thakur, a resident of Ram Vihar, was first asked to clear a tax to get the amount. Falling into the trap, she deposited Rs 1.3 crore in various bank accounts only to realize soon after that she had been fooled.
The report said the victim was the wife of an ONGC employee who came into contact with Richard Anderson through Facebook in November last year.
Dehradun SSP was quoted as saying in the report that Anderson told Thakur that he wanted to help the people of India and came up with several proposals to that end.
He assured her that he would provide Rs 9 crore for the oldage home.
Thakur deposited the money in various branches and later received calls from two persons who called themselves William George and Kevin Brown, asking her for more money.
In total, she deposited Rs 1.30 crore in 25 accounts.
A case under section 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the IPC has now been registered against Anderson, George, Brown and one more person.
Station officer VK Jheta said that efforts are on to trace details of the bank accounts in which the money had been deposited.