Bengaluru News: Victims of ‘online friendship’, women lose nearly Rs 13 lakh in exchange for gifts and treatment

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.

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