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Gurgaon woman duped of over Rs4L by ‘doctor in UN peacekeeping mission’ she met online

The man she met on a matrimonial site claimed to be a surgeon in US who was deputed to a UN peacekeeping mission in Kabul

gurgaon Updated: Jul 09, 2017 23:41 IST
Yashaswani Sehrawat
Yashaswani Sehrawat
Hindustan Times
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She came into contact with the man through a matrimonial site and he later convinced her to send money to various bank accounts.(Benjamin Howell/iStockphoto)

A 30-year-old woman was allegedly duped of Rs4,22,000 in April and the first week of May by a man claiming to be a general surgeon in California deputed to a UN peacekeeping mission in Kabul.

The woman, a Sector 56 resident, said in her complaint that she came in contact with the man, Dr Amardeep Raghuraj, in March through a matrimonial site.

“The two chatted for a while, shared family backgrounds and pictures on WhatsApp and the woman was convinced that she wanted to marry Raghuraj. He told her that they would marry when he came to India in April for a three-month holiday,” said Sector 56 station house officer (SHO) inspector Arvind Kumar.

According to the complaint, the man asked for Rs 37,000 on April 10 saying “he was facing some problems in returning from Kabul”. Kumar said the woman transferred the amount into the bank account of one Vikas Kumar in Patna.

Later in April, she was again asked to transfer Rs1,45,000 in the bank account of one Suresh Yadav in Faridabad and later Rs1,35,000 in a Raj Kumar’s bank account in Noida, the complaint said.

“The man said that the money was needed for insurance and since he was in Kabul on a peacekeeping mission, the amount was huge,” said Kumar, who is also the investigating officer in the case.

On May 1, the woman transferred Rs65,000 to an account and on May 4, she again credited Rs40,000 to Yadav’s account in Faridabad.

Once all the transactions were made, Raghuraj switched off his phone and couldn’t be reached, according to the police

The woman and her family panicked and tried contacting him and his family but in vain.

She finally registered a complaint with the Gurgaon police cyber cell on May 10 and an FIR was registered on Saturday in the Sector 56 police station. The FIR was registered under IPC’s sections 419 (cheating by impersonation), 420 (cheating) and 66 D of the IT Act (cheating by impersonation using computer).

“After the cyber cell verified all the transactions and the facts stated by the complainant, we registered the FIR,” Kumar said.

First Published: Jul 09, 2017 23:41 IST