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Pune: Doctor cheated of Rs 36,000 through fake profile on matrimonial website

Inspector Shabbir Sayyed of Kondhwa police station, who is probing the case, said the complainant became suspicious suspect asked for Rs 90,000. When she inquired based on her doubts, the person behind the fake profile stopped responding to her, the inspector added.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: June 20, 2021 8:39:24 pm
"On the occasion of the complainant's mother's birthday, the suspect said he had sent a gift. Later an amount of Rs 36,000 was sought from the complainant on the pretext that it was required for the customs clearance of the gift, which the complainant paid," the Inspector said.

A 36-year-old woman doctor was allegedly cheated of Rs 36,000 through a fake profile of another doctor settled abroad on a matrimonial website. Unidentified fraudsters asked for money from the woman on the pretext of customs clearance for gifts sent to her family, police said.

An FIR was registered at Kondhwa police station, on the basis of a complaint made by the doctor, who works at a private hospital. Her complaint states that her father uploaded her profile on a prominent matrimonial website, and that in the last week of March, she was contacted by a man posing as an Indian doctor settled in UK.

The complaint further states that the two started communicating with each other, initially through the website and later on a messenger platform and phone calls.

Inspector Shabbir Sayyed of Kondhwa police station, who is probing the case, said, “As the complainant and the suspect behind the fake profile started communicating with each other, she ended up giving some personal information too. On the occasion of the complainant’s mother’s birthday, the suspect said he had sent a gift. Later, an amount of Rs 36,000 was sought from the complainant on the pretext that it was required for customs clearance of the gift, which the complainant paid.”

Sayyed said the suspect further asked for Rs 90,000 on some other pretext, following which the complainant became suspicious. When she inquired based on her doubts, the person behind the fake profile stopped responding to her, the inspector added.

Sayyed said, “We have started a probe, and are scanning various contact numbers and bank accounts used by the suspects.” Officials said the doctor made money transfers to two different bank accounts.

A case has been registered under the Information Technology Act and relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, including those pertaining to cheating and impersonation.

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