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Woman executive duped of 2.5 lakh by man she met on matrimony site

By HT Correspondent, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2020 11:44 PM IST

A 30-year-old woman executive was allegedly duped of 2.5 lakh by a man she met on a matrimonial website. The police said the man expressed his intention to marry her and cheated her after concocting a false story of being in financial difficulty.

According to the police, the woman, a private company executive, became acquainted with the man, who told her that he was a civil engineer in Syria. After chatting online and exchanging phone numbers, he told her that he wanted to marry her and they decided to meet on October 14 last year.

The police said their interaction began in September and continued for over two months.

Karan Goel, assistant commissioner of police (DLF), said that after a few days, the suspect told her that he was in dire need of money and asked her for a loan to book his air tickets and to pay a security amount against his job contract.

“She sent him 2.5 lakh in four transactions to four different bank accounts. The man later demanded 10 lakh more, following which she became suspicious and narrated her ordeal to her friends who told her to ask for her money back.

After a few days, the suspect tried to pressurise her to deposit the money but they fought and he blocked her from all sites,” Goel said.

The police said the woman is living in a rented accommodation in Sector 17 and had moved to the city for a job. She had taken a loan to give him money so that he could travel to India. After an investigation by the cyber cell, an FIR was registered on Saturday at the Sector 18 police station.

The victim said he had made calls through virtual numbers and she could not trace his numbers.

Last month, the police had arrested a 40-year-old man for allegedly conning at least two women after promising to marry them. The man had started chatting with the women on a matrimonial website and introduced himself as an employee of a multinational company. He had concocted a story about suffering a financial loss and taken 7.5 lakh and 6.78 lakh from the two women respectively.

A case was registered against the suspect under sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code at DLF phase 3 police station, the police said.

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