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34-Year-Old Bengaluru Businessman Duped Of Rs 60 Lakh By Woman On Dating Site

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| April 15 , 2018 , 14:35 IST

A 34-year-old businessman from Bengaluru was duped of almost Rs 60 lakh by a woman he had met online in a dating website, after which he filed a complaint with the cyber crime police, media reported on Sunday.

According to the complaint, the man had opened a profile on a dating website and on July 18, 2017, he came across a woman with the user ID ‘shompa76’ who introduced herself as Arpita from Kolkata, reports Times of India. After a brief chat, both exchanged mobile phone numbers and started chatting on WhatsApp and exchanged photos as well.

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After a few days, Arpita reached out to him, seeking financial help of Rs 30,000 claiming that her father had been admitted to the hospital. The man transferred the money to her account, but only a few days later she asked for more money, claiming that her father had been admitted to BM Birla Heart Research Centre, Kolkata.

In the period between December 15, 2017 and January 23, 2018, the man transferred more money to Arpita in multiple transactions, including a transfer of Rs 19 Lakh to an account under the name of Rupali Majumdar and a transfer of Rs 40.7 lakh to an account in the name of Kushan Majumder.

Arpita stopped responding to the man's calls and messages, making him suspicious before he finally realised that he had been cheated.

As per the cyber crime police, such cons have been happening for a long time.

“In matrimonial and dating websites, cybercriminals pick aged or separated men/women looking for a relationship. They pose as rich entrepreneurs, manipulate the victims and steal their money,” said a police official to TOI.