Bumble, an online dating app, offers diverse opportunities for users to find their preferred match and take their relationship forward. However, it is also a medium for fraudsters to plant sophisticated scams to dupe people and scrap money to add insult to injury. This came to light in a recent case of a PhD scholar whose Bumble match scammed her of around Rs 1 lakh.
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According to an Indian Express report, the 35-year-old scholar, who works at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)-IMTech, Chandigarh, lost about Rs 98,500 to a person she met on the dating app. As per the news outlet’s sources, the lady and the scammer have been in contact since September 2023, and the fraudster introduced him as Dr Aayaan Kumar George, who works in the United Kingdom.
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As the talks proceeded, they stayed in touch via WhatsApp calls. On September 28, George contacted the lady and said he had reached the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi with his mother. Soon after this communication, the woman received another call.
The woman filed an FIR with the cybercrime cell on Monday.(Image:Canva Pro/kieferpix from Getty Images Pro)
The lady on the other end introduced herself as a customs officer and said George was caught with one lakh UK pounds, which was beyond the permissible limit. Upon the request to get them freed, the woman transferred Rs 68,500 to the bank account, as specified by the scammer. In the second transaction, she made another payment of Rs 30,000. As the events unfolded, the scam came to light.
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Subsequently, the lady deleted the app. However, the calls continued to pour in. As a result, the woman filed an FIR with the cybercrime cell on Monday. This case was filed under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). As per cyber cell, you must stay cautious while interacting with individuals you meet online and not engage in monetary exchanges without a thorough background check.