Woman duped of ₹5.54L in a matrimonial fraud in MumbaiUpdated: Sep 16, 2020 23:30 IST
A 36-year-old telephone operator from Girgaum was duped into sending ₹5.54 lakh to a ‘foreign national’ who had met her through a Marathi matrimony app.
According to VP Road police, the complainant approached them on Wednesday after she realised that her ‘fiance’ had cheated her.
In her statement, the woman, who works at a builder’s office in Bandra, told police that she had registered on a Marathi matrimony app in June. In September, she received a WhatsApp message by a man named Sandip Raut, in which he said he was interested in marrying her. Raut allegedly told the complainant that he was a resident of California, United States of America, and had got her details from the matrimony site.
After chatting for a few hours, Raut told the woman that he was sending some gifts for her worth ₹57,000 through US-based Kings Cargo Courier, and also gave her a link to the courier company.
On September 7, the complainant received an email from Kings Cargo Courier, stating that her parcel was ready for shipping and that she would receive it the following day. The company also gave her the name of the delivery agent — Aparna KR and details of her bank account, stating that she would have to pay ₹57,000 before the delivery. The woman was told that the amount would be refunded after delivery of the parcel.
The complainant transferred the amount through mobile banking, however, the same day she received another email stating that the parcel contained US dollars, which was illegal to be couriered to India. It further stated that she would have to get permission from the government or pay ₹1.55 lakh and a fine of ₹16,000 as late fees.
She was then given the name of Kalikadevi and her bank account. The complainant sent a cheque of ₹1.55 lakh to the woman, but on September 10 she received yet another email stating that she would have to pay ₹3.36 lakh, equivalent to the dollars contained in the parcel. The woman did the needful and got an email confirming that her parcel had reached India.
On Tuesday, she received an email stating that an additional amount of ₹9.55 lakh should be paid to get the parcel.
Since she did not have that much money, the complainant contacted Raut, who instructed her to delete her matrimony registration immediately. She did as instructed but when she asked for the money, Raut told her that the courier company had duped her and he had nothing to do with. He then stopped answering her calls or replying to her messages.
“The woman realised that she was cheated and approached us. We registered an offence based on her complaint,’ said inspector Santosh Kadam of VP Road police station.