Bengaluru, April 15: A 34-year-old businessman from Bengaluru lost around Rs 60 lakh to a woman he had met on a dating website. According to cyber crime complaint filed by Satish (name changed), he befriended a woman Arpita, whose user ID was ‘shompa76’. After chatting for some time, they exchanged numbers and started talking on WhatsApp.
This went on for a few days till Arpita told Satish that her father had been admitted to BM Birla Heart Research Centre in Kolkata, and asked monetary help for his checkup. Initially, she asked for only Rs 30,000 but later when she asked for more money, Satish transferred huge amounts of money to her account. He made multiple transactions from December 15, 2017 till January 23, 2018. Reportedly, he transferred 19 lakh to Rupali Majumdar’s account and Rs 40.7 lakh to Kushan Majumder’s account.
After fooling Satish into believing that she really needed money, Arpita stopped responding to his messages and calls. It was then that Suresh realised that he had been cheated.
Cyber crime police did not express surprise to the incident and said that “Such cons have been happening for a long time”. A police official was quoted as saying in a report, “In matrimonial and dating websites, cyber criminals pick aged or separated men/women looking for a relationship. They pose as rich entrepreneurs, manipulate the victims and steal their money.”