Gurgaon woman duped of Rs 30 lakh by ‘Ukrainian’ she met on matrimonial site
A woman, resident of Ashok Vihar in Gurgaon, has alleged that she has been duped by a man from Ukraine who promised to marry her and took Rs 30 lakh from her. She met him through a matrimonial site last year, the police said.
In her complaint to city police on Wednesday, the complainant said she created a profile on a matrimonial site last year in February and got a response from a person, who identified himself as Deepak Frank Rich, a Ukrainian.
The woman and Rich started communicating over the phone and soon they decided to marry and settle in India. Initially, Rich told the woman to lend him some money as he was in need of it . He also promised to return it to her. The victim transferred Rs 1 lakh to Rich last year, which she never got back.
However, they continued to talk every day and they decided to buy a house in Gurgaon. Subsequently, Rich told the woman that one of his friends will visit her and she has to help him.
Rich reportedly told her that his friend was carrying illegal money and that the police have nabbed him and he required help. The woman was told that person was carrying money for their house purchase.
“The woman was asked to give Rs 30 lakh to an unknown person who introduced himself as Rich’s friend,” said Rajesh Kumar, assistant sub inspector, Sector 5 police station.
The victim transferred the money to a bank account given to her early this year after which Rich stopped talking to her. He blocked her calls and messages. She tried to contact Rich but when she failed to get through, she filed a complaint with the police.
A case has been registered under section 420 of the Indian Penal Code and 66D of Information Technology Act.
“We are investigating the case and trying to trace the details of the account to which the money was credited,” Kumar.
On March 20, the police had arrested a Nigerian for allegedly duping a Gurgaon-based woman of Rs 10 lakh after promising to marry her. The accused had allegedly posed as a resident of Britain and started interacting with the woman after getting her contact details from a matrimonial website.
Last year, on August 1, a woman was allegedly duped of Rs 62 lakh by a man who she came in contact through WhatsApp. The accused identified himself as Gorge Anderson from Scotland. The woman sent him money to get her some items from Scotland after he told her that he will be travelling to India.