An incident of financial fraud has come to light in the Pedapulleru of West Godavari district, where Rs.1.82 lakhs were fraudulently withdrawn from a bank account under the pretext of an electricity bill payment. According to the account provided by SI Gangadhara Rao, who filed the case, Kalidindi Balrama Krishnamraju received a text message on March 28, purportedly notifying him that his electricity bill payment was overdue and failure to settle it would result in a service cutoff. In response, he dialed the provided number and confirmed his bill payment.

As part of the subsequent conversation, Raju was sent a link with the belief that clicking on it would reveal his bill payment details. Despite attempting this, he didn’t receive any relevant information. Consequently, he contacted the sender again to discuss the issue. The sender persuaded Raju to send Rs.5 via a mobile app to a specified number, assuring him of acquiring the necessary information in return. After transferring the amount, Balarama Krishnamraju was left without any response even after multiple attempts to reach out.

Upon visiting the bank at a later date, Raju discovered that Rs.1.82 lakhs had been fraudulently withdrawn from his account. He promptly lodged a complaint with the police. Subsequently, a case of cyber fraud has been registered, and the investigation is currently in progress, as stated by SI.

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