Bengaluru: Online Facebook friendship cost a 45-year-old women her iPhone when she befriended a 25-year postgraduate student, who introduced himself as a close relative of Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. He fled away with her iPhone worth Rs 60,000 .
It all began when Veena posted a Facebook note regarding her mother's death. Niju Jayaram, the accused befriended her and very soon on met her in February. He gave her a cheque worth Rs 2 lakh to use it when she's needed any financial help.
Following this they met again on Monday, February 8 at UB City. Niju, a resident of Gowdanapalya, Subramanyapura, offered to buy her (Veena) a gift and took her to an Apple showroom and purchased an iPhone worth Rs 60,000. At the billing counter Niju claimed that he had left his credit card at home. He requested Veena to pay the bill and promised her to return the money.
After the purchase Niju told Veena that he would download some apps on her new phone and left the showroom, keeping her in waiting. Meanwhile, when Niju failed to return, Veena tried calling him but to no avail. After waiting for a long time, she left for her house.
Next day, Veena went to the bank and tried to encash the cheque that Niju had given her, but she was told by the bank manager that their in no cash in that account. She then realised that she was conned by Niju with the fake cheque.
Veena, without loosing more time, approached the Cubbon Park Police officials to file a complaint and later with the help of Facebook he (Niju) was arrested. Police said Niju was the native of Chennai, but he was not relative of Jayalalithaa.