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Mumbai Crime: 65-year-old loses Rs 46 lakh in 3 days on 'dating site'

Updated on: 01 April,2019 06:48 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Anurag Kamble | anurag.kamble@mid-day.com

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Mumbai Crime: 65-year-old loses Rs 46 lakh in 3 days on 'dating site'


The lure of dating a young woman proved too tempting for a 65-year-old Malad resident, who lost Rs 46 lakh to a website that claimed to get him in touch with one. The victim, who is married, tried to get his money back when he realised he was cheated, but failed to get a response from the website. He then complained to the Kurar police, who booked unknown persons for the offence, and are trying to track the culprits.

The man had approached the police in January 2019, and after investigations, they finally registered an FIR on March 29. The victim chanced upon the website, www.locanto.net, a free classifieds site, where people and businesses offer various services (such sites usually are not responsible for the content put up on them), in May 2018. "When I checked the website, I saw a tab, ‘looking for.’ I then clicked on 'entertainment'. I was asked to register on the site. When I completed the registration, I received a call from a woman named Meera," he said in his statement to the police. "Meera shared pictures of three girls and told me to pick one. When I did so, she told me I would have to pay Rs 25,500 to meet the girl, after which I could date her for a year. Then for other reasons such as to make a confidential agreement, a video call insurance and so on, they took around Rs 46 lakh from me. After paying all the money, the girl, Rosy, I had spoken to twice stopped calling me," he added in his complaint.




The victim came across the website, a free classifieds site, where many people and businesses offer various services, and clicked on a link. Representation pic
The victim came across the website, a free classifieds site, where many people and businesses offer various services, and clicked on a link. Representation pic



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