Woman loses Rs 95,000 to matrimonial site fraud

ST Correspondent
Wednesday, 12 July 2017

A 30-year-old woman who was in search of a bridegroom was cheated to the tune of Rs 95,000 by a fraudster who posed as a prospective groom between May 31 and June 21 this year. 

PUNE: A 30-year-old woman who was in search of a bridegroom was cheated to the tune of Rs 95,000 by a fraudster who posed as a prospective groom between May 31 and June 21 this year. 

The fraudster met the victim on an online matrimonial website and told her that he stays abroad. The duo then shared their profiles with each other and, after a few days, the fraudster started calling up the victim and her parents, on the pretext of marrying the victim. He thereby established a trust relationship with the victim and her family, who also approved of the match. 

Later, the fraudster asked for Rs 25,000 from the victim for an Overseas Citizen Of India (OCI) registration. The victim did as the fraudster instructed. He then called up the victim and told her that he has been held at Delhi airport by the Customs Department. He asked the vicitm to pay Rs 70,000 for his release. The victim believed in the fraudster and paid the amount, after which there was no communication from the fraudster. 

The victim then approached the Vishrambaug police and lodged a case of cheating. She told the police that the accused identified himself as Abhiram Manik. Police Inspector Amrut Marathe is investigating the case.

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