Hyderabad, July 6: A woman, who had uploaded her profile on one popular matrimonial website, has been dupe of Rs 48.75 lakh. The woman, whose identity has not been revealed yet, filed a police complaint against Dr Abhishek Mohan.
Mohan posed as an NRI, based in UK. He said that he was an orthopaedic surgeon working with the United Nations and currently in Iraq on an assignment. He had showed interest to make nuptial alliance with the woman through the matrimonial site.
The victim told the police that Mohan was a UK citizen of Indian origin and used to call her from UK and Indian numbers, which he used to tell as being on International roaming. He also used to talk to her over Viber.
After gaining trust of the victim, Mohan told the woman that his assignment was nearing completion and that he would be coming to India in April and before that, he would send the gold, jewels, medical equipment and some personal belongings at her address.
The parcel reached here on April 7 and the victim received a call from a "customs inspector" stating that she had to pay customs clearance fee for the parcel which was worth several crores. She spoke about it to Mohan over phone and he asked her to pay the fee and assured her that he would return her money upon arrival.
Police said that after this amount was paid, the person posing as customs inspector demanded more money on various grounds like "Money Laundering clearance, Anti-Terrorist Funding clearance" for which the victim kept on borrowing money from others and also availed loans and paid the amounts in various bank accounts stated to be belonging to custom agents as told by Mohan.
After depositing over Rs 48 lakh, the woman again got a demand from a person posing as woman customs inspector for Rs 75 lakh as a refundable tax. The woman realised that she was being cheated and got an FIR lodged at Cyber Crime Police Station of Hyderabad.
While investigating the case, police found a link to New Delhi. Getting inputs from Hyderabad Police, Delhi Police busted a gang which has been operating from Gurgaon and surrounding places of NCR.
Police arrested three African nationals and an Indian woman in connection with the forgery case. The four have been accused of cheating prospective brides through popular matrimonial websites.
(With agency inputs)