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65-year-old man registers on dating site, ends up losing Rs 73.5 lakh after being blackmailed

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Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: A 65-year-old man from Maharashtra’s Kharghar lost Rs 73.5 lakh after a fake call centre cheated him for after offering him membership of a dating site. The police has busted the fake call centre and arrested three persons, including a woman and a transgender, reported Times of India.

The three have been identified as Sneha (25), a resident of Sodhpur, Prabir Saha (35), from Mandalpara and Arnab Roy (26) from Durgapur in Howrah.

According to senior inspector Pradip Tidar, the 65-year-old was contacted by Sneha in September 2018. Sneha offered him membership of Locanto Dating Services and Speed Dating and claimed that they provide girls for dates at a location chosen by the member and made him pay registration and other fees.

“Sneha contacted the Kharghar resident in September 2018 and offered him membership of Locanto Dating Services and Speed Dating, claiming they provide girals for dates at a location chosen by the member and made him pay registration and other fees,” he was quoted by Times of India as saying.

“As he did not facilitate dating, the victim demanded cancellation of membership. But he demanded exorbitant cancellation charges. Thereafter, the accused threatened to lodge a police complaint against him demanding girls and they sent him legal notices to scare him and to extort money,” he further said.

Tidar further said that the man approached the police after the accused made him transfer Rs 73.5 lakh to several accounts.

“The accused demanded money to prevent legal trouble and made him transfer Rs 73.5 lakh to several accounts. He coughed up the sum as he feared social stigma. Eventually, he approached Kharghar police and an FIR was registered,” he added.

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