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Herbal seed scam;businessman from Bengaluru duped

Prime News, Karnataka, Bengaluru, July 4:- A businessman from Bengaluru fell prey to an online scam involving African gangs promising double profit on rare herbal seed export.

The police revealed that the gang operate through social media websites and online dating platforms. The fraudsters usually a woman who will befriend with the target and proposes a profitable business of exporting herbal seeds from India to a top United Kingdom pharmaceutical company.
On June 2, the Bengaluru resident became a friend with Vera Dougals through Facebook; the woman claimed she an executive of a London-based pharma major.

The woman told the victim that, her firm procures Nkume herbal root seeds from India to manufacture medicines for the treatment of cancer, HIV and tuberculosis.

The woman said that the seeds are available only in some rural areas and are sold for up to Rs 2.5 lakh for the 400gm pack by pharma companies,” the victim told cyber crime police. The victim soon lured into woman trap like many others who duped by this gang.

The fraudsters have conned the victims off crores of rupees across India and over Rs 5 crore from Bengalureans in 2016.

The victim decided to buy a packet of Nkume seeds from a woman seller in Mumbai on behalf of his Facebook friend Vera. “The casters executed their roles well.

In the latest case, a woman called Sunitha Singh in Mumbai sold him the seeds, which were not the rare Nkume seeds but cheap ones collected from forests and packaged well,” narrated an investigating officer.

An African man visited the victim’s house on June 20 to inspect the seeds, claiming to send the samples to the laboratory to ascertain the authenticity of the seeds.
The victim has already transferred Rs 5.20 lakh in two instalments to a bank account provided by the fraudsters, another Rs 19.5 lakh on June 22 to Sunitha for 10 packets of seeds which he received via courier.

The fraudsters assured the victim that the UK firm would buy seeds for $8500 a packet and I would get 70 per cent of the profit — nearly $5000,”

The matter was kept secret until victim daughter urged father to register a case against the fraudsters,

-(NAV, Inputs; Agencies)

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