"they decided to take the relationship forward"
An Indian man named Rohit Singh posed as a doctor on a matrimonial website and has been charged for allegedly duping a woman out of Rs 4.89 lakh (approx. £5,500) on the site in a matrimonial fraud.
The 37-year-old said he was settled in a foreign country. The scam took place when he told the victim that he was on his way to India but got held up at customs and could not leave until he paid fees due to them.
He requested her to help him and pay the money to him via an online transaction which he would pay back to her. However, it was all part of a marriage fraud that Rohit had planned.
Police say that Singh started a romance with the woman who is from Mumbai on the matrimonial website. He created a fake profile in January 2019 with his occupation of a doctor.
Once they connected and as time went on, the pair got to know each other via chats over the internet and then exchanged telephone numbers to speak to each other in person.
A police officer said:
“After having developed romantic feelings for each other, they decided to take the relationship forward.”
Then in April 2019, Singh told the victim that he was going to visit India and was eager to meet her. A senior police inspector at Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC)police station said:
“He also told her that he was bringing her opulent gifts for their first meeting.”
Then the inspector explained to DNA how Rohit Singh conducted the matrimonial fraud saying:
“Singh had contacted the victim and said he was held up by the customs officials, who would not let him off unless he pays them the pending dues.
“He promised the victim that he is sending two of his friends, James Grey and Neha Gupta, with the US dollars equivalent to Rs 4.89 lakh, if she lends him the money through online transactions.”
But it transpired that no friends of Rohit Singh subsequently contacted the victim. Then, he too was not contactable and literally disappeared.
The victim then decided that act after a month to contact BKC police station and register a complaint against Rohit Singh.
A senior police inspector of BKC police, Kalpana Gadekar, said:
“We are tracking the internet protocol address from which messages were sent and are trying to get the bank details in which the money was transferred.
“We cannot promise if the amount will be recovered but we are trying to nab the accused.”
Rohit Singh and his accomplices have had a case registered against them under the Indian Penal Code and Information Technology Act.
Police are now investigating the case to make arrests accordingly.