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Conmen use networking sites to rob people

mumbai Updated: Jun 19, 2011 00:39 IST
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Social networking sites could prove to be dangerous if used for chatting with strangers, especially of the opposite sex. Sunil Jain, 41, a resident of Dhobi Talao in Marine Lines was robbed by a man, he had been chatting with on a social networking site posing as a woman. Jain was robbed of Rs83,000 after he went to meet the man — Eric William Mushy alias Rahul Lalani, 32 — and his assistant Paul Rodrigues, 33. Both were arrested by the Borivli police this week.

Jain had first told the police that Mushy and Rodrigues had approached him saying they wanted to buy a computer and accessories as he had a computer business. However, he later confessed that he had been chatting with a woman on a social networking site. She had promised to meet him only after Jain met her close friend, who would judge whether he was the right person for her.

“Mushy had created a woman’s profile and had added Jain as a friend. He had lured him by pretending to fall in love with him. Mushy has used a similar modus operandi to rob many others,” said Mahesh Patil, deputy commissioner of Police (zone 11).

When Jain met Mushy and Rodriques in Borivli, he was served a spiked drink. After consuming it, Jain fell unconscious and was robbed of his valuables.

“The accused used Atvin, a drug for low blood pressure. They put a high dose of it in the drink to knock out the victim. The drug is very harmful if taken in high dosages and can even kill a person. Most of their victims would get knocked out for more than 36 hours,” Patil added.

Police further said the duo had confessed to robbing several men using the same modus operandi. However, none of the victims have approached the police. “Men find it very embarrassing to approach the police after they realise how foolish they have been and if they lodge a complaint then they will have to be answerable to their families. This stops them from approaching us,” Patil stated.

The police said that the duo had been operating for six months.