“I’ve filed a report at the Cybercrime cell against him"
A Pakistani man has gone on the run after allegedly scamming his Canadian wife out of $33,000.
After taking the money from her bank account, the man ran away and his whereabouts are currently unknown.
The victim, Annie Marie, of Montreal, travelled to Pakistan to search for her husband and to recover her money.
At the same time, she also filed a complaint with the Federal Investigation Agency’s Cybercrime cell on Sunday, January 12, 2020, in Gujranwala, Punjab.
She told officers that her husband, Fahad Abrar, lied to her and siphoned $33,000 from her bank account. Annie claimed that she embraced her husband’s culture yet he deceived her.
She alleged that Abrar, a resident of Sialkot, transferred the money to his mother and uncle.
Annie stated: “My husband defrauded me.
“I’ve filed a report at the Cybercrime cell against him and I want my money back.”
She went on to say that she has been married to the Pakistani man since 2017. Although they have been married, Annie admitted that she does not know his family or his address in Pakistan.
Following her statement, the Cybercrime cell filed a report.
One officer said: “The case can only proceed once we get all the information of the accused.”
Annie stated that she has travelled to Pakistan to pursue a legal battle against Abrar and to recover her money.
She was hopeful that justice would be served.
While a case has been registered, police are working to locate Fahad’s whereabouts and to take him into custody.
The case does not appear to be a matrimonial scam. However, it has been a growing trend in South Asian countries.
In an incident which happened in India, a man was charged with conning a woman out of Rs. 4.8 Lakh (£5,500) on a matrimonial site.
Rohit Singh posed as a doctor and claimed to be living 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 payback to her. However, it was all part of a marriage fraud that Rohit had planned.
Singh claimed that two of his friends would send the victim the money but it transpired that no friends of Rohit Singh subsequently contacted the victim. Then, he too was not contactable and literally disappeared.
A case was subsequently registered against Singh and his associates.