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Beware of fraud friendship clubs and dating sites

Surat: A team of Surat Cyber Crime Cell has nabbed two people from Maharashtra, including a woman, on the charges of fraud.

They have been duping people in  the name of friendship clubs, chatting and face-to-face meeting with NRI girls. Police also came to know that they had made transactions worth Rs 1.67cr from 11 different bank accounts.

The woman used to run a salon, Komal Beauty Parlor. Police had initiated the investigation working on a complaint lodged by a local youth who was duped of Rs 69,410, which he had paid through Google Pay.

The team was active in Surat, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Delhi.

Cyber cell officials said between November 11 and 18, 2020, the thugs had set a price of Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 for two hours of talking with NRI girls and posted it on social media.

The complainant fell in the trap and transferred Rs 69,410 to a Google Pay account. They took the money under different heads like guest house booking and food.

The complainant understood that he had been cheated. He then lodged the police complaint on March 2, 2021 against Ramashish Paswan(39) of Palghar and Sushma Shetty (32) of Virar. They also used to lure people in the name of friendship club for Rs 20,000-30,000.

Paswan confessed he had been doing this since 2009 and that he also used to lure people through advertisements in newspapers. Police seized 6 mobile phones, 9 cheque books of different bank accounts, 5 ATM cards and also sealed the beauty parlour.

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