PUNE: A 56-year-old businessman from Dhole Patil Road registered a complaint with the Pune cyber police on Monday stating that fraudsters duped him of Rs 1.24 crore in phases between 2018 and 2020 after convincing him to invest in their company dealing in oil seeds and oil.
The complainant, who is into fabrication and construction-related business, told TOI, “I had downloaded a business application on my cellphone in 2018 to look for business opportunities. I received a few messages from people who wanted to collaborate with others to develop their business. One of these messages was related to oil seeds and oil products having ayurvedic properties.”
“The suspects had shared their contact details on the business application. Their phone numbers suggested that they were registered in England. I called on these numbers and we decided to hold a meeting to discuss business plans,” he said. “Two men held a meeting with me in Pune. They told me…

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