Engineer loses ₹37.3 lakh in dating app fraud

Another man lost ₹51,000 to social media 'friend'

August 06, 2021 01:36 am | Updated 08:24 am IST - Bengaluru


A 45-year-old software engineer became the latest victim of cybercrime in the city and lost ₹37.3 lakh after he was promised premium membership on a dating app.

The victim, a man from Kammanahalli, while browsing the net, came across an online dating app and tried to enrol as a member in December last year. An unidentified person claiming to be from the dating website called him and lured him to pay for the membership, and since then he started paying towards various fees from his account. He spent all his savings and even borrowed money from a friend to pay until April this year.

He soon realised he had been duped, and when his friends started pestering him to repay the money, the victim approached the East division cybercrime police and filed a complaint. The police have obtained the account details of the transactions and efforts are on to track down the accused.

Fraudulent ‘friend’

In another similar incident, a 26-year-old private firm employee was trapped by his female social media “friend” who lured him into a private conversation, recorded it, and extorted ₹51,000 from him.

When the demand for ransom increased, unable to bear the harassment, the victim approached the Whitefield cybercrime police and filed a complaint on Tuesday. In his complaint, the victim said that he became friends with the woman on Facebook in May and they shared their numbers. The duo soon began to chat. Without his knowledge, the woman recorded the chats and later started blackmailing him, threatening to upload the videos.

Fearing for his reputation, he transferred ₹51,000 into her account. The Whitefield police are now trying to track down the accused based on the details of where the money was transferred to. The Whitefield cybercrime police had unearthed a similar racket and arrested two persons from Rajasthan in April for blackmailing and extorting a 26-year-old IAS aspirant by trapping him online and recording his videos.

Top News Today

Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.