3 Africans dupe women on marriage sites, held
The Delhi Police Special Cell has arrested three African nationals and an Indian woman for allegedly cheating prospective brides through popular matrimonial websites.
According to the police, the victims are spread across India, including the national Capital. The criminals allegedly used VoIP and other techniques to cheat the victims, using <g data-gr-id="24">an online services</g> platform.
The arrested African nationals have been identified as Joseph Irabor <g data-gr-id="29">Bhahemen</g> (26), Bawo Hilary Omagbemi (35) and <g data-gr-id="30">Leniya</g> Magh (26).
“The cheats had bought many SIM cards of many foreign countries, including the UK and US. They used these SIM cards in India on international roaming to mask their locations and identities,” police said.
The police learnt about the abuse of matrimonial websites such as www.bharatmatrominy.com, www.simplymarry.com, www.shaadi.com by an organized criminal gang, which was cheating women who had subscribed to these portals, looking for a suitable match. The accused allegedly created fictitious profiles and claimed to be NRIs working in highly paid jobs in foreign countries.
Police said the gang had first <g data-gr-id="25">cheated</g> a Hyderabad-based woman to the tune of Rs 48.75 lakh over the past few months, after befriending her through a matrimonial website. The accused impersonated himself as one Dr Abhishek Mohan working in the UK.
In another case, Henry Chima <g data-gr-id="26">Anidebe</g>, a Nigerian, was arrested. <g data-gr-id="27">Anidebe</g> said other gang members were using ‘voice changers’ to modulate male voices into those of a woman to pose as a customs officer.