Anil Manohar Yellarpurkar, a resident of Mahatma Society in Kothrud, was looking for a life partner for his second marriage and had created a profile on a renowned matrimonial website in November 2012, where he met Magen Datewiler (45). The two later became chat buddies.
During one of their chats, Datewiler told him she works for the US Army and is currently in deployed in Afghanistan.
She told Yellarpurkar that some of her important documents and USD 2 million were in London and he should claim it on her behalf from the agency concerned. To do so, Yellarpurkar repeatedly gave money to various persons who came to collect it Mumbai.
The fraud came to light after Datewiler remained unreachable for two months despite Yellarpurkar’s best efforts to contact her.
He then filed an FIR against Datewiler, Christopher G Hil, Hurem Rajasingh, Mukesh Tiwari, Frank James and Sunil Kharat at the Kothrud police station.
Inspector (Crime) Shrikant Navale of the Kothrud police station said, “We have studied the case and have contacted the website managers for details of the woman.
The profile picture used by her was fake. We are now taking help of the Cyber Crime Cell to solve the case.”