December 14, 2016 4:07:28 am
IN YET another incident of cheating on matrimonial sites, a 31-year-old software engineer was duped to the tune of Rs 1.6 lakh by a man she met on a website. According to police, the suspect had also threatened to harm her if she revealed about the money transfer to anyone.
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Pune Newsline recently reported about the worrying trend of a number of women falling prey to cyber criminals who create fake profiles on matrimonial and social networking sites, and demand money on various pretexts after gaining trust. Pune police have registered as many as 63 cases from January this year.
In this particular case, a First Information Report (FIR) has been registered at Wakad police station by a 31-year-old software engineer working for a multinational IT firm in Hinjewadi. As per the FIR, the complainant came in contact with the suspect through a matrimonial website three months ago. “The suspect had identified himself as Abhishek Kulkarni and posed to be a prospective groom from a well-off family in Hyderabad. The two communicated through phone and emails and over the period, he gained her trust. In December first week, he told her that he had to convert his bank account from one type to another and sought money to pay some fees. On December 7 and 8, he made her transfer money via online transactions. The complainant transferred a total of Rs 1.65 lakh.” said assistant inspector M K Adling.
The complainant approached the police when she realised she had been cheated as the suspect stopped responding like he used to and also threatened to harm her if she told anyone about the money transfer.
The FIR was registered under Indian Penal Code sections 420 (cheating), 506 (criminal intimidation) and relevant sections of the IT Act. Police said the account to which the money was transferred was in the name of Bipin Paknikar. Adling added that the probe has begun in the case and their team was working on clues.
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