In spite of her refusal, the accused told her that he was sending her a parcel, the official said.
Mumbai: A 42-year-old housewife from Thane was allegedly cheated of Rs 19.15 lakh by an unidentified man, who claimed to be based in the US, the police said on Tuesday.
The accused contacted her through social media and identified himself as son of a friend of the woman’s father. In spite of her refusal, the accused told her that he was sending her a parcel, the official said.
On August 28, the woman received a call from a man who identified himself as Delhi-based central excise assistant commissioner Sumit Kumar, who asked her to pay Rs 68,000 towards excise duty in order to receive the parcel. When she refused to accept it, he threatened to arrest her.
The women transferred the money to Kumar’s bank account, but didn’t receive any parcel. He then kept extracting money from her. Later, the woman approached the police.
A case has been registered under various sections of the IPC and IT Act.