Two women, residents of Whitefield, Bangalore, became victims of cheating in the affair of online friendship. Both the cases are different, in which one lost Rs 5 lakh by falling for expensive gifts. In the second case, in an attempt to help the relative of an ‘online friend’, about 7 lakh 70 thousand rupees were lost.
The first case is of 30-year-old Suma (name changed) resident of Shantiniketan Layout near Whitefield. He had created his profile on the matrimonial site on March 24. At the same time, a person who identified himself as Siddharth Prakash had expressed his desire to marry Suma.
There was a number exchange between the two and they kept in constant touch. On 4 April, Prakash requested Suma for help citing the illness of his relative in India. The victim also trusted and transferred Rs 7 lakh 70 thousand. It was only after this that Prakash disappeared and Suma realized that he was a victim of fraud. After registering the case, the police has started investigation.
In another such incident, 31-year-old Rama (name changed) befriended a man on social media, who identified himself as Jordan Millat. Within a few weeks of becoming friends, Rama became a victim of fraud. Jordan, who claims to be a pilot in a French airline, has promised to send a diamond ring, two iPhones, $50,000 for Rama.
On June 15, Rama got a call. The caller identified himself as Anita, Customs Officer of Delhi Airport. He talked about paying a fee for claiming the gifts sent by Jordan. Rama transferred Rs 5 lakh to various bank accounts sent by Anita. And when the gifts were not received, Rama reported the matter to the police.