Pune IT Engineer Duped of Rs 40 Lakh by Matrimonial Website Fraudster

Mundhwa Police Station
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Pune, 12th April 2024: A young computer engineer in Pune faced a financial setback when she was deceived by a scammer on a marriage registration website. The case involves a fraudster who allegedly cheated the young woman out of ₹40 lakh by pretending to be a potential marriage partner.

The woman, who works for an IT company in the Kharadi area, had registered on a matrimonial website where she met Rajesh Sharma. Sharma presented himself as an officer in a foreign company, and as they continued their communication, their contact increased, and he expressed interest in marriage.

However, the situation took a turn when Sharma exploited the woman’s trust and defrauded her of ₹40 lakh. The woman filed a complaint with the Mundhwa Police Station, leading to the registration of a case against Rajesh Sharma and his accomplices under the Information Technology Act, 2000.

According to Police, the young computer engineer from Pune was scammed out of ₹40.5 lakh by a fraudster she met on a matrimonial website. The scammer, Rajesh Sharma, posed as an officer in a foreign company and led the woman to believe he was interested in marriage and planned to settle in India and start a business.

Sharma sent her a fake flight ticket to make his story credible and told her he would soon be flying to Delhi. He informed the woman that after landing at Delhi airport, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) had initiated an investigation and was questioning him about foreign exchange. Sharma told her that a fee needed to be paid immediately and requested the woman to deposit money into a specified bank account.

Trusting his story, the woman transferred ₹40.5 lakh to the account he mentioned. However, after she deposited the money, Sharma switched off his phone and disappeared. Realizing she had been defrauded, the young woman contacted the police and complained to Sharma.