Matrimonial fraud: Parsi divorcee duped of Rs 17L

A 30-year-old Parsi divorcee was duped of Rs 17 lakh by a conman whom she met on a matrimonial site. In his profile, the man had identified himself as Daniz who was single and employed in Texas as a mechanical engineer with an oil company, said the police.

Based on her complaint, the cyber police at BKC registered a case and are trying to trace the suspect through his email address, IP address and bank account where she transferred the money through RTGS.

The complainant told the police that after she uploaded her profile on the matrimonial site, she got an email from Daniz in May 2018. “She liked his profile and they exchanged phone numbers. Soon, they started chatting on Facebook and WhatsApp,” said a police oficer. Daniz told her that he was soon coming to Mumbai as his company was going to win a contract. He promised to marry her and take her with him to the US.

A month later, Daniz told the complainant that his bank account had been suspended and he urgently needed to deposit $12,000 (around Rs 8.8 lakh). She sent him the money through RTGS. In November, he told her that a friend had met with an accident in Australia and all his friends were pitching in for the hospital expenses. He asked her to loan him money as his account was still not operational. “He kept asking her for money on some pretext or the other and she sent him a total Rs 17 lakh,” said an officer. “But last month, when he switched off his phone and deactivated his Facebook account, she realized she had been duped and lodged a complaint.”

Published on Times of India