Bhopal: Honey-trapped bank manager loses Rs 8 lakh in three hours

Bhopal: A bank manager’s love for an unknown woman has cost him so dear that he had to part with Rs 8 lakh in three hours. Police have arrested 28-year-old woman, an engineering graduate, on the charges of honey trapping a bank manager and fleecing him of Rs 8 lakh rupees in three hours.

The Delhi-based woman was operating her gang with three persons including a Nigerian man. They were all arrested and booked under relevant Sections but the cops failed to get the money back as they had only Rs 70000 left with them. The honey trapping incident is learnt to have taken place quite a month ago, but came to light recently.

In what appears to be a carefully laid honey trap via the social media, the woman, posing as an American swindled lakhs from the man, who works in a nationationalised bank and lives in Kolar area in the state capital. Interestingly, he took loan from one of his friends for giving it to his unknown lady-love whom he knew only through internet.

After filing a complaint about the incident, he requested the police not to reveal his name, as that may tarnish his reputation. The woman, a graduate engineer, trapped him into her love net posing herself as an American, but she is an Indian and lives in Delhi.

In fact, the manager was impressed by her Americanised accent, because she works in an international call centre. Both the manager and the girl chatted for the first in August last year through facebook. After falling in love, the manager was asked to come to America as the girl expressed her inability to come to India alone.

Nevertheless, they kept talking online for over three months until manager convinced the girl to come to India as he wanted to spend time with her. She finally agreed to come and then arrived at the Mumbai international airport in November. The girl after arriving at the airport, said she was stopped at the Mumbai airport by the custom officials.

She told the manager that she needs Indian currency for custom clearance. Manager told police that seeing her ‘plight’, he transferred her Rs 2.5 lakh thinking that she would repay when they meet. However, within an hour, she again rang up asking for Rs 2.5 lakh which he did, and again an hour later she sought around Rs 3 lakh, which too he transferred.

This was the end of his ‘love story’ as the woman never appeared. His lady love even disappeared from the Facebook. Sensing that he was fooled and duped of Rs 8 lakh, the bank manager then approached police and filed a complaint. Rajesh Singh Bhadauriya, superintendent of police (SP) cyber cell Bhopal says people are advised not to share the details of their bank accounts but here the man transferred the money to someone he had never met. Prevention is the only way to save oneself from online frauds, he says.

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