One must be very cautious while dealing with matrimonial proposals on websites, especially if you are a man and an NRI (Non Resident Indian).
The Jubilee Hills police in Hyderabad arrested a 44-year-old woman and her son for matrimonial fraud on Thursday. They allegedly cheated an NRI in the US, after collecting Rs 65 lakh (INR 6.5m) from him in return for a suitable match for him. Another person accused in the case is still at large.
The arrested persons have been identified as Malavika Devati, 44, from Rangareddy district, and her son Venkateswara Pranav Lalith Gopal Devati, 22, a student. The other accused, Devati Srinivas, is currently absconding.
According to the police, the prime accused Malavika Devati, was previously involved in cheating cases under Nallakunta and Maredpally police limits. Posing as a woman named Geethanjali, Malavika told the NRI she was willing to marry him. After he consented for marriage, she collected the said amount from him.
This is not the first time Malavika has committed a fraud. Earlier too, she had targeted NRIs looking for matches online. She would pose as a potential bride in matrimonial sites and cheat them. After collecting money from them, she would switch off her phone.
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In January 2018, similar case of a woman cheating six men was reported. In the guise of marriage, the woman had duped several men across Tamil Nadu to the tune of several crore of rupees. Acting on a complaint from a Salem man, the woman and her family were arrested by the cyber crime branch police.
After winning his confidence, the woman took Rs 5 lakh stating that she needed the amount for treatment of her mother, who was diagnosed with brain tumour. Citing various reasons, she has been taking money from him frequently.
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