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Cyber frauds worry matrimonial business

Increasing number of cyberduping cases has become a matter of great concern for the matrimonial websites, who plead helplessness beyond a point in checking it.

business Updated: Oct 05, 2007 19:06 IST

With the online match making getting popular in the country, increasing number of cyberduping cases has become a matter of great concern for the matrimonial websites who plead helplessness beyond a point in checking the menace.

The matrimonial sites came under scanner after the arrest of one Liaquat who allegedly cheated more than fifty women into marriage in Chennai recently. He advertised himself as a UK-based Indian engineer looking for a bride in an online marriage portal. "We are cautious about the increasing misuse of matrimonial websites. This has forced us to undertake some additional precautionary measures as verifying the phone numbers and residence addresses of each user and maintaining a record of family background," says Murugavel Janakiraman of BharatMatrimony.Com.

Matrimonial websites have become the preferred option for the soulmate seekers in the country and abroad, according to an online survey. It is a huge business and the websites don't want to let their clients down by the acts of some criminal minded people. Meanwhile, the alarming growth of cyber crime poses a threat to the society as their global growth rate is purportedly four per cent per week.

Vivek Sood, an expert of Criminal and Cyber Law, says cyber crime is a menace for the global society as it jumps the geographical boundaries speedily and its perpetrators are almost invisible as there are rare chances to catch them.

According to Sood, the numbers of cyber crime increased from 640 in the year 1993 to 2,82,000 cases in the year 2000.

In a bid to remove the fear of their users, and to convince them for safety, one of the major online match making service provider in the country, SimplyMarry.com says they use the robust engine to support security of all the particulars, photos, contact details, personal information, and any fact about users.

Murugavel whose BharatMatrimony.com has recently completed its 10 years of functioning, felt that a Internet based matrimonial service provider can't go beyond a proper limit in carrying out security checks, so it is equally crucial for the users to remain vigilant.

"Conduct a proper verification check, involve your parents and relatives, avoid solitary meetings and never share much of your personal information while proceeding with online match seeking," suggests Murugavel.

The matrimonial market has registered a boom in India as its ongoing fiscal year business estimates are around 140 crores after taking a giant leap from 70-80 crores last year. It has evolved into a mature and popular service provider as twelve million users which constitute about half of the urban online users undertake matrimony search, an online survey reveals.

The survey, conducted by Just Consult, an online research agency, claims that matrimonial search is the second largest gainer among online activities as it has registered a growth of 33 per cent during the last year only.

Increasing the popularity of matrimonial search among the match seekers has made the matrimonial market more competitive as the number of these portals are increasing every day.

"We are a metro-centric site that caters to soulmate seekers of India and the NRI population. It is for, simple, safer and uncomplicated soulmate search that provides ideal matches very fast," says the official spokesperson forSimplyMarry.com.