Man held for impersonating as woman and duping Ponda resident of Rs 23 lakh

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NT NETWORK

Panaji

The cyber crime cell of the Goa Police on Saturday arrested a person hiding in Karnataka who allegedly impersonated as a woman on Facebook and duped a man of Rs 23 lakh on pretext of getting married to him.

According to police, the accused identified as Swapnil Naik was arrested after the investigating team led by PI Vushwesh Karpe and PSI Devendra Pingle worked relentlessly and traced him in Davangere, Karnataka with the help of Karnataka cyber crime cell after carrying detailed technical surveillance.

Police said the accused is a habitual offender and had cases of fraud and cheating registered twice against him in Curchorem police station.

The accused is a school dropout and has been cheating persons since he was a minor in age, police added.

Further, after the interrogation of the accused, the police explained the modus operandi saying that he used to pose as a female on social media application and trap innocent persons for financial gains. He would present a sorry figure of himself and convince the victims to transfer money to him. He would also blackmail his victims, once they shared their personal details with the accused and then trap them further.

The cyber crime cell had received a complaint from Vishnu Gaude a Ponda resident on October 22, stating that for three months between June 27, 2020 and September 16, 2020, one unknown user of Facebook on the pretext of marrying the complainant fraudulently deceived him to transfer a total amount of Rs 23,21,068.

Immediately investigation was taken up by Cyber Cell and all bank accounts, phones and online profiles linked to the accused were analysed. Accordingly, discreet technical surveillance was mounted at Goa and accused was located hiding in Davangere, Karnataka where with the help of the Karnataka police, cyber cell took the accused into custody. During the course of investigation, the accused tried to move across different towns – Sangli, Bangalore and Davangere, however he was tracked down relentlessly and
apprehended.

The entire investigation was carried by a team under the supervision of superintendent of police crime/cyber Shobhit Saksena.

Meanwhile the cyber crime cell has advised citizens to be careful while interacting with unknown persons online and refrain from sharing any sensitive data online.

Always verify the authenticity of the persons you are contacting with through your common friends and don’t add unknown persons to your social network, it added.