AMRESH PARAB | NT
Greed for money is driving people to fall prey to dubious investment options offered by fraudsters
promising high returns on their investment.
Since 2017 the economic offences cell of the Goa police
has registered around 20 cases of financial frauds pertaining to investments,
and people from all walks of life have burnt their fingers losing lakhs of
rupees after opting for various suspicious investment options.
“Whatever sounds too
good to be true is normally not true. Don’t go for the schemes which assure
very high returns,” advised EOC SP Shobhit Saksena.
He said that if people
want to invest then they must make sure that the firm has obtained necessary
approvals from the concerned authorities
such as the Reserve Bank of India and
the Securities and Exchange Board of India etc.
The fraudsters build up an illusion of a highly
profitable investment scheme and mainly rely on word of mouth to publicise the
scheme. At initial stage, investors are paid interest on the invested money so
as to gain their confidence. This brings in more and more investors, police
Depositors are assured high returns, above the market
rate but people end up losing even the invested money.
“People are induced by the assurance of high returns, and
the money is invested with hope of multiplying it,” Saksena said.
The senior police officer advised the people to seek
details of the schemes in writing, and details as regards approvals obtained
from the concerned agencies.
“Don’t go by oral representation. Ask in writing from the
firm,” Saksena insisted.
He said that public can play a very important role in
alerting the agencies on the dubious investment schemes.
Speaking about the recent case of ‘dreams2casino’ scheme,
Saksena said that it had been brought to the notice of the EOC by an investor.
“Subsequently our teams carried out a discreet inquiry and a case was
registered. The accused were also arrested,” Saksena said.
The accused were running the dreams2casino’ ponzi
scheme under the garb of putting people’s money in ‘casino games’,
assuring daily returns of up to 3 per
The dubious scheme was operated from Panaji for a month
and had allegedly duped over 400 persons across India to the tune of over Rs 1
“People are aware that casino business can bring in high
profits, and as such the fraudsters were able to woo a lot of investors in
short duration,” Saksena explained.
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