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An unknown person cheats Wilco publishing house of Rs 1.7 crore


By posing as an official of the company and diverting payments from customers, an unknown person has cheated Wilco publishing house of Rs 1.7 crore. He diverted payments from customers to his account with the help of a fake email ID.

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After contacting several customers from United States and United Kingdom, that person had created the ID. He used email platform to inform fake information to the customers that the company’s account number had changed and that they needed to deposit money in the new one. As soon as the Wilco authorities got to know about this they approached the Colaba police to register an offence and the police started investigations.

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To know about Wilco, it is the company which mainly deals in publishing/exporting and importing books. They found out towards the end of July that they were not receiving payments for the books they had delivered. According to a mid-day report, on condition of anonymity, a police officer said, “When the publication house contacted some of their clients, they were told that payments had been made within the due date to a new account, details regarding which were sent to them. On getting the email ID and account number through which all the communication happened, the firm realised that they had been duped.”

Whereas, Avinash Trimukhe, DCP, zone I, said “After the Colaba police received the complaint, primary investigation was conducted in the matter. It revealed that the accused has siphoned off Rs 1.7 crore. An FIR has been registered against an unknown person under sections 419 (cheating by impersonation) and 420 (cheating) of IPC and relevant sections of the IT Act.”

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