Dating and matrimonial websites have been a big cheating medium for fraudulent people for long. Recently, one of the dating websites became a medium for money related fraud with a Bangalore based businessman.
As per TOI report, The businessman got cheated with Rs 60 lakhs after befriending a lady who called herself Arpita.
The businessman has got the complaint filed with Cybercrime Police. As per the report, the businessman met the lady with a username “shompa76” on the dating website on 18th July 2017. Both of them became friends. She introduced herself as Arpita from Kolkata and they both exchanged their numbers.
Arpita and Satish (changed name) started chatting on WhatsApp and exchanged photos too.
A few days later, Arpita asked Satish a help of Rs 30,000 for the treatment of her father. Satish transferred the money to the given account number. A few days later she requested for more money, stating her father had been admitted to BM Birla Heart Research Centre, Kolkata. Between 15 December 2017 and January 23, 2018, Satish transferred more money in multiple transactions.
As per TOI, he transferred Rs 19 lakh to Rupali Majumdar’s account and Rs 40.7 lakh to Kushan Majumder’s account. It was only after Arpita stopped responding to his calls and messages, Satish became suspicious and realized he had been cheated.
As per the Cybercrime police this kind of cheating has been happening through dating and matrimonial websites for long. They police official said-
“In matrimonial and dating websites, cyber criminals pick aged or separated men/women looking for a relationship. They pose as rich entrepreneurs, manipulate the victims and steal their money.”
What are your thoughts on it?