Couple defrauds 40 people in Canada work visa scam

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Police in India have booked a couple for allegedly defrauding over 40 individuals under the pretext of providing work visas for Canada.

The accused, identified as Rina Shah and Gaurav Shah, are currently the subjects of a police search.

According to the complaint filed by a 46-year-old resident of Malad, the fraud occurred between May 2023 and June 2024.

The complainant, who sought assistance from the Shahs to obtain a work visa for Canada, paid Rs 7.16 lakh as a processing fee.

However, when the visa did not materialize, and after receiving vague responses from the couple, the complainant discovered that numerous others had fallen victim to the same scam.

In an interview with The Indian Express, the complainant revealed that the Shahs had created online media centers on social media platforms, showcasing reviews and statuses of visa applications.

However, once victims began to uncover the fraud, these online centers were taken down.

“So far, 40 victims have come forward. There are possibilities that the couple has defrauded many other victims,” the complainant stated.

The police have charged Rina and Gaurav Shah under Sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Despite the couple’s claims of being victims of a visa-providing agency, the police remain skeptical.

“We are in the process of obtaining details of the bank accounts used by the accused, identifying who handled these accounts, and determining the end beneficiaries of the money,” a police officer involved in the investigation said.

“The accused couple has also provided some documents to the victims. If it is established that these documents are bogus, additional charges related to forgery will be added to the case.”

The investigation is ongoing as authorities seek to locate and apprehend the accused couple.

This article is originally sourced from www.vanguardngr.com