I have a start up. One person named kranti kiran ( not sure if that's his real name) , mobile number 9787911520, told me he is an investor and wanted to invest 1Cr . He showed much urgency and said he is ready to transfer the amount without any paper work.
He took my bank account details . After sometime he said he has transferred the amount from his UK bank. he also mentioned the swift transfer number. when I inquired about this number in bank help line number , they were not having clue on this.
He called again and told to approach my SBI manager. When I visited my branch ( SBI , Banaswadi, Bangalore 560047), manager told that he had received a call from Calcutta forex department. The money has already come and I need to submit MT103 and forex seal. I communicated the same to Kranti . Then kranti said he will arrange the same. He will contact his CA. but for that I need to pay 13K rs. He shared his CA s contact details . Name v jose daniel,account number- 31884653099 , SBI ,
. Phone 9787911507. Though I felt suspicious, but since bank manager has confirmed me that the money is there, i took a chance and paid 13 k to Daniel. It was bit late , so bank manager told that it will be credited on the next day. Next day , my bank manager told that the documents were signed yesterday . so I need to submit the fresh documents (MT 103 and forex seal) again. when I contacted Kranti, he asked me to transfer again 13K to Daniel for doing the paper work again.
I got doubt on this.
But when I visited bank, manager told that the amount is already converted to INR , so as soon as I give these documents, I will get the money.
Still I thought of waiting to get the money before paying to Daniel.
And as suspected , the money didnt come through.
I asked the bank manager. He called the calcutta headqtr infront of me . He came to know that Daniel has cancelled the document, as the fee was not given to him.
Then I saw the number to whom the bank manager is calling. This is Kranti Kiran number , the investor number.
Kranti keeran had called my bank manager pretending to be calling from Calcutta SBI head qtr and providing information about my account.
and my SBI manager was so timid, without knowing from where the call is coming from , he was providing me wrong information.
any way I lost 13 K.
Hope no one should get trapped into this.
I need to file a FIR on these people.