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Mumbai cyber police to launch awareness campaign against matrimonial frauds

The Mumbai police made the decision after an alarming number of cases of matrimonial fraud were reported in the city.

mumbai Updated: Jul 21, 2017 13:02 IST
Jayprakash S Naidu
Jayprakash S Naidu
Hindustan Times
Mumbai police,cyber crime,matrimonial fraud

The Mumbai crime branch’s cyber police are planning an awareness campaign against matrimonial frauds, where cyber criminals pose as potential brides or grooms to cheat them of several lakhs of rupees.

A police officer from the Mumbai crime branch, who confirmed that an awareness campaign was being planned, said, “To increase awareness against credit card and debit card frauds we took help from actor Ajay Devgn, who starred in a video cautioning victims to not give away their card details. People liked the it and gave us a good response. We are planning something along the same lines to increase awareness on matrimonial frauds as several such cases have occurred this year.”

The cyber police, meanwhile, have formed a special team to crack a matrimonial fraud case, where a 40-year-old woman was duped of Rs74 lakh last week.

The accused sent her a request on a popular Indian matrimonial site posing as a UK national of Indian origin. After proposing to marry her, he said he would be coming to Mumbai to meet her.

However, on June 10, she got a call from the accused, who told her that he was stuck at the Delhi Airport.

A woman then came on phone and posed as a customs official and said that they have detained him for carrying excess US dollars. The woman demanded money for his bail. The victim did not realise that she is being conned and ended up paying Rs74 lakh. The man then cut off all communication with her, after which she realised that she had been duped.

Confirming that a case has been registered with them, Deputy Commissioner of police, Cyber, Akhbar Pathan said, “A FIR has been registered in this regard. Our probe is on.”

First Published: Jul 21, 2017 13:02 IST