The cyber crime police in Coimbatore city have launched an investigation after a software engineer was duped of ₹5.8 lakh in an online scam.
M. Keerthikumar (35), a resident of Gandhipudur at Uppilipalayam in the city, lodged a complaint with the police.
Police said Keerthikumar had worked as a software engineer in Bengaluru. He joined a Telegram group after initially getting an online job. Later, he was lured by scammers to invest money for which high returns were offered, they said.
The man transferred a total of Rs 5.8 lakh in seven installments to the account numbers shared by the fraudsters, who cut off all contact with him after receiving money.
According to the police, transactions of around 2 lakh have been frozen with the help of banks so far. Further investigation is underway.