A man was arrested from Meerut in Uttar Pradesh for allegedly cheating divorced and widowed women on the matrimonial and dating sites. The man, identified Gaurav Dhamija, allegedly cheated women by making them deposit money into his account after they befriending them on the matrimonial and the dating sites.
Gaurav Dhamija was arrested after one of the women he had cheated filed a complaint against him with the cybercrime special cell. The victim alleged that the accused used emotional tactics, such as calling her Mrs Dhamija, to trap her into his tricks.
The complainant said that after he was convinced that his victim was trapped, the accused used to ask for money on various pretexts such as parents' treatment or business investment etc.. She said that Gaurav Dhamija started with a small amount but gradually escalated his demands. He kept asking for money but always denied when the victims asked him to meet.
It was only when the fraudster's act became too brazen after they started demanding their money back, only to be threatened with dire consequences.
A case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against Gaurav Dhamija and an investigation has been taken up.
During the course of the investigation, technical details, including the digital footprints, were collected. The accused, who is a resident of Nihal Vihar in Delhi, kept changing his location to evade arrest. His movements were tracked to Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, and western Uttar Pradesh.
The fraudster was arrested from Meerut in Uttar Pradesh with the help of technical data and field inputs.
Accused Gaurav Dhamija is a 10th class drop out. After trying a few things, the accused started a business of supply of spare parts but incurred huge losses. He was married in the year 1999 but was soon divorced. Later, he started using social media as a hunting ground.
On being interrogated, Gaurav Dhamija disclosed that he used to target middle-aged unmarried/widowed/divorced women on matrimonial sites/dating sites and after befriending them on the pretext of marriage, he used to make money from them. When they demanded the money back, he used to threaten them with dire consequences.
The accused also revealed that he cheated some women by promising to get them jobs in schools, municipal bodies, etc. He disclosed names of more than 20 victims he cheated. The victims are being identified and contacted to join the investigation. Further investigation in the case is underway.
Remember Ladies vs Ricky Bahl? The movie in which a man (role played by actor Ranveer Singh) cons three women until three of these women unite to con him back. We may not have women uniting to con this man but we definitely had a Ricky Bahl amongst us.