Matrimonial frauds – Beware!
Matrimonial sites are fast becoming the new age matchmakers and potential poaching grounds for fraudsters. The online marriage portals have turned into a haven of deceitful activities targeting prospective brides and grooms. While the article doesn’t aim at disparaging the efficiency of this platform, it certainly raises pertinent issues that strongly question our inherent trust and beliefs.
Imposters posing as NRIs and primarily targeting middle aged women on the pretext of marriage are very common. They end up luring them in sweet conversations and finally cheating them of enormous sums of money.
Women are soft targets who often fall prey to online ‘grooms’. Cyber- crime specialists say that most women avoid reporting cases as they fear rejection and reputation damage. Victims lose lakhs of rupees through money transfers before realizing the fraud.
How is the fraud committed?
The culprits usually register on matrimonial websites by uploading pictures of good looking men with fake identity proofs. They carefully scan and shortlist profiles of women and establish contact vide emails. Within weeks or months of gaining their trust levels, they express desire for wedlock. Confidential details such as mobile phone numbers and FB profiles are extracted from the matrimonial website. Victims are promised expensive gifts and accessories.
The sudden turn of events often involve claiming gift parcels that have been detained by Customs Department, woman officer contacts the victim to transfer the money in order to release gift. Unfortunately, victims transfer funds and lose them tragically to imposters.
The Police strongly suspect the involvement of a Nigerian gang operating the system and said to have Delhi connections.
Thus, it is imperative that before committing to a long term relationship, one must meet the other in person and not get solely influenced by a virtual medium.
Source: Trust ID
Source: Munsif TV Live