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Posing As Adar Poonawalla, Scammers Dupe Serum Institute Of Rs 1 Crore, 7 Arrested


A director of the Serum Institute received a WhatsApp message from someone posing as Adar Poonawalla


In a major breakthrough, Pune Police today said they have arrested seven defendants in the case in which the Serum Institute of India (SII) was defrauded of more than Rs 1.01 crore.

According to the complaint, Satish Deshpande, one of the directors of Serum Institute of India or SII, received a message on WhatsApp from someone posing as SII CEO Adar Poonawalla and was asked to send messages. money in seven different accounts in September 2022.

Believing the message came from Adar Poonawala, Satish Deshpande transferred Rs 1.01 crore into these accounts, only to later realize that the company had been cheated.

A complaint in this regard was registered and during the investigation the police focused on the eight accounts to which the money was transferred.

“It has been revealed that the money has been transferred to the accounts of these seven people who have now been arrested in different parts of the country. However, the main accused is still missing,” said the Deputy Commissioner of Police ( DCP) Smartana Patil (Zone II ).

She added that they had seized all these accounts and 40 others into which the funds were then transferred from these eight accounts.

“We have also frozen Rs 13 lakh in these accounts,” she said.

Pune City Police Cyber ​​Unit on Friday arrested 3 defendants involved in the case.

“Pune City Cyber ​​Unit Police have arrested 3 defendants involved in the Serum Institute of India scam case posing as CEO Adar Poonawalla. A total of 7 defendants have been arrested so far. The main defendant is still missing,” police said.

Further details are awaited.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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