The Chandigarh police have booked a person by the name of Aldrich Bryant for allegedly duping a city-based married woman of Rs 4.95 lakh. Sources in the police said the accused had befriended the victim in November last year through a social networking site and on June 4 made her to deposit the money in a bank account. By the time she realised that she had been conned, it was too late.
Earlier in the last week of May, a woman of SAS Nagar, Lovneet Kaur, had lodged a complaint that she had been cheated by a Facebook friend of Rs 9 lakh. The modus operandi used by the accused in both the cases was the same.
In the latest incident, after coming in contact with Bryant on a social networking site in November last year, the victim shared her mobile number with him and both were in contact through WhatsApp. The victim said that she had also talked to Bryant's son, who claimed themselves to be Russians and settled in England.
She added that the accused told her that he was coming to India on June 4 in connection with his gold business. On June 4, the accused called the victim and told her that custom officers at the New Delhi airport were demanding Rs 5 lakh from him as he was carrying Rs 3 crore in cash with him.
The accused gave an account number of Standard Chartered Bank to the victim and asked her to deposit the money immediately. The victim deposited Rs 4.95 lakh in the account. After that the accused demanded Rs 5 lakh more from the woman. The account holder has been identified as Jayanti Tewari.
The woman then contacted her husband and narrated the entire incident to him, who took no time time in realising that she had been cheated. The woman then lodged a complaint with the police and a case under Section 420 (cheating) of the IPC and 66-D of the IT Act was registered at Sector 39 police station. The area SHO Ranjodh Singh said they were looking into the matter.