By Divyanshi Sharma: The internet is a risky space and you might never know who is on the other side. And in the last couple of months we have seen many cases of scams being carried out online. Scammers might pose as your well-wishers but their ulterior motive remains robbing you off your hard-earned money. They might approach you via calls, social media platforms, or texts. Apart from these, fraudsters are also targetting dating sites and matrimonial sites to dupe people.
In a recent case that has surfaced, a woman allegedly blackmailed a man into paying her over Rs 1.1 crore. The man, as per reports, had met the woman on a matrimonial site and hoped to marry her someday.
According to a TOI report, the victim, a software engineer based in UK, had come to Bengaluru for some official work. He wanted to get married so he got registered on a matrimonial site. Through this website, he met a woman and the two exchanged numbers and started talking regularly. They had never met in-person. The woman allegedly told the man that she lives with her mother and her father was no more. She had also shown interest in tying the knot with the man.
The report further states that on July 2, the woman borrowed Rs 1,500 from the man citing her mother’s health issues. On July 4, she allegedly stripped while being on a video call with the man and recorded the call without informing him about the same. After the call, she reportedly threatened the man that she would share the clip with his parents if he didn’t give her money.
The man then sent Rs 1,14,00,000 to two different bank accounts and four phone numbers that were provided by the woman.
As per the report, the techie got to know about the woman’s real name only after depositing the money. When she continued blackmailing him for more money, he approached the police.
A senior police official told TOI that the case has been registered under the Information Technology Act and that the police is trying to find the accused. “She must have created a profile with a fake name with the sole intention of extorting money from people,” he said.
S Girish, DCP (Whitefield), said that the police managed to freeze about Rs 84 lakh in the beneficiary accounts and that the woman has already used Rs 30 lakh.