Mumbai: A police officer said that a Mumbai-based man was allegedly duped of over Rs 40,000 by a person who allegedly promised to get him Remdesivir injections at a cheaper rate online.
Remedisavir drug is currently in high demand for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
The incident occurred on April 27 when the victim needed six remedies via vials.
The officer, while searching online for the drug, on Tuesday found the contact number of the social arm of a major medical company.
When the man dialled the number, the person on the other side later asked him to deposit Rs 20,400 in the specified bank account to buy six Remdesivir injections.
However, the transaction failed and he was asked to deposit the money again. Later, the victim realized that money was withdrawn from his account twice, the officer said.
He contacts the person at the medical firm again and when the latter has not given a satisfactory answer, the victim realizes that he has been cheated.
He then contacted the Khar police and lodged a complaint.
Investigating the case, the Khar police informed the bank concerned and found that the account of the accused was in a branch in Patna.
The officer said that the police asked the bank officials to freeze the account of the accused and the money deposited by the victim was returned to them.
A case was registered under Indian Penal Code Section 420 (cheating) and other relevant provisions and a search was on for the accused, the police added.
(With PTI Inputs)