Pune, 9th June 2023: Two young women have fallen victim to a scam on a marriage registration website, losing a total of Rs 22,83,969. The fraudster, posing as an acquaintance on the website, lured the women into believing that they would receive gifts from abroad. The Chandannagar police station has registered a case against the perpetrator under the Information Technology Act.
One of the victims filed a complaint at the Chandannagar police station. She had met a person named Virat Patel through the Jeevansaathi.com marriage registration website, who convinced her of his intention to marry her. Patel, pretending to be a high-ranking officer in a foreign company, promised to send her expensive gifts from abroad.
To carry out the scam, Patel claimed that the gifts had been seized by customs at Delhi airport and requested the victim to pay a tax of Rs 32,900 to release them. Over time, the fraudster extorted Rs 13,53,969 from the victim in multiple transactions. The victim eventually grew suspicious and sought advice from a relative and a lawyer, who confirmed that such incidents do not occur at the airport. Realizing the deception, she lodged a complaint with the police.
Investigations have revealed that the cyber thief, known as Virat Patel, also swindled another young woman residing in the Kharadi area of Nagar Road, extracting Rs nine lakh from her as well. The police are working diligently to gather evidence and bring the culprit to justice.