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Kerala: Woman duped of Rs 8 lakh by Facebook friend

The woman asserted that she found that the person was from Berlin who stayed in Birmingham, UK.

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A Kerala woman was duped of Rs 8 lakh by a person who she befriended on Facebook. This incident gives social media users a reminder why they should be careful while accepting friend requests and chatting on social media platforms. A 39-year old woman in Kerala was duped of Rs 8 lakh after she fell victim of a gift scam. The woman worked as an accountant at a sweet shop in Kasaragod municipality in Kerala. The woman paid Rs 8 lakhs in six installments.

The scam particularly started when she received a friend request on Facebook from someone who claimed to be a friend from the UK. The person’s name was identified as ‘Dr. Kennedy Nick Moores’. The victim claimed that she checked the profile before she accepted the friend request.

The woman asserted that she found that the person was from Berlin who stayed in Birmingham, UK. She added that both of them did not talk for five months. After they started chatting, the scammer told her about an expensive gift bought especially for her. The woman asserted that she resisted but the scammer insisted she share her postal address. After checking with her manager, the woman gave the scammer her address.

Reports stated that she received a call from someone who claimed to be from a courier company called Perfect Cargo. The person asked her to pay Rs 25,400 in order to receive the gift. The woman narrated that following the call, she checked Google and found the courier company was genuine. However, she did not have the money to pay. The woman then contacted the Facebook friend and conveyed that the person should pay for the delivery. Reportedly, the scammer got angry after this and added that she was insulting him. 

Later, the person from the courier company contacted her again claiming that the package had an iPhone. Following, she transferred the aforesaid amount to a google pay account provided by the delivery person. After this payment, the person from the courier called again conveying that the package is with the Income Tax Department because they recovered Rs 40 lakh hidden inside the package. Subsequently, she was asked to pay Rs 87,000 to obtain a court order to release the package. 

When the Facebook ‘friend’ was contacted, he told her to ignore the package if she didn’t want the money. By this time, she had already fallen into the trap. She transferred the money to the same Google Pay account. The woman was then asked for Rs 2.17 lakh to get an NOC from the Income Tax Department. To pay the aforesaid amount, she borrowed it from her relatives and friends and transferred the amount. 

Later, the courier company then asked for Rs 4.73 lakh so that the illegal exchange can be kept under the sheet. Reportedly, earlier in this week, she received a call again asking for an additional Rs 67,000 but by that time, the woman understood that she was conned. The Facebook friend later said that he didn’t want to be disturbed. 

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PM Modi says Congress leaders consider themselves above Lord Ram

PM Modi slammed Congress during a rally in Chhattisgarh, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections 2024

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed the Congress party for declining to attend the pran pratishtha ritual at the Ayodhya Ram temple on January 22 this year.

The prime minister said Congress leaders consider themselves above Lord Ram and denied invitation for Pran Pratishtha at Ram Temple, while speaking at a rally in Janjgir-Champa, Chhattisgarh. The PM question the people present at the rally that is it not a disrespect of Mata Shabri? Congress leaders inclination toward appeasement politics runs in their family.

For political appeasement, they won’t think twice about stealing the rights of Adivasis, the poor, and Dalits. Poor, young, and women are BJP’s top priorities, Modi said.

PM Modi criticized the Congress again during the rally for claiming that the BJP would alter the constitution.

The leaders of Congress recite the same old phrases whenever an election is about to happen, the PM said. He also said they claim that if the BJP wins power, it will renounce the constitution and abolish reservations. For how long will you continue selling lies?” he asked.

The prime minister continued saying that nobody can change the Constitution, even if Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar were to come and insist on it, it wouldn’t happen.

Those in the Congress threaten to break Modi’s head. Nobody can harm Modi as long as the mothers and sisters of this county stands by him. These mothers and sisters are Raksha Kavach, Modi remarked.

The prime minister further attacked the Congress after Viriato Fernandes, the party’s candidate for South Goa, asserted that Goa was forced to adopt the Indian Constitution.

Referring to his conversation with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Fernandes said he had told him, when Goa was liberated in the year 1961, the Indian Constitution was forced upon us.

The prime minister said, Congress candidate from Goa says Constitution was forced upon Goans; is this not an insult of Ambedkar and Constitution.

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Amit Shah says neither Congress nor Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee can interfere with CAA

Amit Shah revealed the BJP’s target for West Bengal and said they have set a target of winning 35 Lok Sabha seats from West Bengal.

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Union home minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said neither Congress nor Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee can interfere with the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). He was speaking at the Karandighi rally in West Bengal where he also made the prediction as to how many seats BJP will win in the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal.

The union home minister asked the masses to cut the money culture. Amit Shah revealed the BJP’s target for West Bengal and said they have set a target of winning 35 Lok Sabha seats from West Bengal. In 2019 Lok Sabha elections the BJP had won 18 out of 42 seats in West Bengal. He asked Mamata Banerjee, what problem will she have if the Buddhist and Hindu refugees from Bangladesh get citizenship in India?

Shah further added if the people of West Bengal want to stop infiltration in the state, then they will have to make Narendra Modi the Prime Minister of India again. He said if the people of West Bengal want to free Bengal of violence, stop infiltration in the state, give citizenship to refugees, to stop disrespecting mothers and sisters of the state as it happened in Sandeshkhali, then  only way is to make Narendra Modi the Prime Minister.

Amit Shah said that PM Modi had sent Rs 7 lakh crore to West Bengal but the TMC indulged in corruption. He said one can see the houses of Trinamool Congress leaders; 10 years ago they used to live in a hut, moved on cycle and now all of them have 4-storey houses and move around in big cars. He added this is the money of people of West Bengal.

The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), will make it easier for non-Muslim refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh to get Indian citizenship, was enacted in 2019. But the rules were notified in March this year by the Centre.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi says listening to Hanuman Chalisa under Congress rule is a crime

PM Modi was addressing an election rally in Rajasthan’s Tonk-Sawai Madhopur, on a day as India celebrates Hanuman Jayanti.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hit out at the Congress and said even listening to Hanuman Chalisa has become a crime under the party’s rule. The Prime Minister also said it was difficult to follow one’s faith under the party and accused it of hatching a deep conspiracy to snatch people’s wealth and distribute it among selected few people in the society. PM Modi was addressing an election rally in Rajasthan’s Tonk-Sawai Madhopur, on a day as India celebrates Hanuman Jayanti.

PM Modi said in a state like Rajasthan where people chant Ram-Ram, Congress banned Ram Navami. He reffered to the redistribution of wealth remarks he had made during a rally in Rajasthan’s Banswara on Sunday and said it has angered the Congress and INDI Alliance so much that they have started throwing abuses at Modi everywhere.

The Prime Minister said that Congress has written in their manifesto that they will survey the wealth. He said the Congress leadership had said in a speech that an X-ray of wealth will be done. He added when Modi exposed the secret then the hidden agenda came out and this has left the people trembling. PM Modi further added that the Congress party has played with the Constitution of the India.

He said when the Constitution was drafted, reservations based on religion were opposed, so that Scheduled Casts (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) could get protection. He said former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had said that Muslims have the first right to the country’s resources.  The prime minister further added Congress’s ideology has always been of appeasement and vote bank politics. He said stones would still be pelted in Jammu and Kashmir, and enemies would still be cutting off the heads of India’s soldiers had Congress been in power.

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