A senior citizen was allegedly duped of Rs 18 lakh by a woman he got in touch with through an online wedding portal. Anil Yellapurkar (61),a resident of Kothrud,has now lodged a complaint with the police.
Police said Yellapurkar divorced his wife around nine years ago and had been living with his son and daughter-in-law. He felt lonely and decided to get married. So,he got registered on shaadi.com and created his profile. On October 16,2012,a woman named Megan Detweiler,who claimed to be an officer in the American Army,sent him a marriage proposal.
She said she was posted in Kabul and started interacting with him through e-mail. Police said the woman reportedly told the complainant that she had $2 million and since she did not have a family,she wanted to keep the money with him.
The woman reportedly told the complainant that she had sent the money to her friend in London in a trunk. She also sent some bank documents to help him get the money. But later,the woman and her aides contacted the complainant online saying he would have to deposit some money in a bank account for clearing certain documents essential for claiming the US dollars. Yellapurkar reportedly deposited Rs 18.33 lakh in the bank accounts between November and December 2012. However,he never got the US dollars.
After realising that the woman had duped him,he filed a complaint with the cyber crime cell of Pune police a few months ago. After primary investigation,an FIR was registered at the Kothrud police station on Sunday.
Police have booked Megan and five others identified as Christopher Hill,Hurem Rajsingh,Mukesh Tiwari,Dr Frank James and Sunil Kharat under Sections 419,420,34 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 66 (c),(d) of the Information Technology Act.
Police Inspector Shrikant Nawale,who is investigating the case,said Yellapurkar works as general manager (finance) in a private firm in Shivajinagar area. Police have appealed to citizens to be wary of cyber fraudsters and not carry out such financial transactions.