Dating App: Online Dating Scam Alert: Nafrat’s Deceptive Tactics on Sugo App | Delhi News #nigeria | #nigeriascams | #lovescams

NEW DELHI: A 23-year-old college student downloaded a dating app, Sugo, with the hope of meeting like-minded women. When someone with the profile name of Nafrat swiped right on his profile, Prashant was intrigued. To start having conversations, he needed to buy coins on the app. Thinking he had found his love in Nafrat, Prashant ended up buying coins worth Rs 30,000.

When Nafrat got to know about it, she supposedly felt bad and promised to help him get a refund.

Prashant was then directed to another account where he ended up losing Rs 3.18 lakh. Prashant was not alone. Nafrat was seemingly in love with scores of college students, police have found out after a probe on Prashant’s complaint.

They have arrested the operator of the account the student was directed to. The suspect was identified as Mayank Bisht of Ghaziabad.

Police are yet to ascertain the girl’s identity. “The case was cracked by SHO Raman Pratap Singh and sub-inspector Hanshul Gupta of the cyber police station of north district,” DCP Manoj Meena said.

Police got a complaint from the student that he was befriended by a woman on Sugo and had frequent conversations with her. “The cost of sending one single message is around 30- 40 Sugo coins… It takes around Rs 100 to buy 300 coins… This way, he bought around 90,000 coins,” an officer said. Later, he contacted Bisht and asked for a refund as directed by the girl. Bisht provided multiple accounts to the complainant and siphoned off more money.

The investigation revealed that the accused cheated the victim from last Sept to Nov. “On various pretexts, such as processing fee and other steps, the accused started taking small amounts from the victim. Whenever the victim requested a refund, the scammer would send a screenshot of a supposedly ‘under process’ transaction and claim to have already transferred some amount. The accused would then state that the victim needed to pay additional fees to get the full amount,” the officer said.

Police followed the money trail and conducted technical analysis of the IP address used by the accused. “Details of remaining bank account holders are being obtained,” the DCP said. Police have sent the mobile phone used by the accused for forensic analysis.

They have emailed the company in Hong Kong to obtain the woman’s details but not heard back.

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