Online Romeo Gets Busted by Police

A 27-year-old Indian man who posed on social-networking sites as a bank manager and scammed women out of money has been arrested for his transgressions, according to Times of India.

Earlier this week, the Chennai cyber crime police in India arrested Saifuddin, who turned out to be a former bank worker. Authorities were able to nap the suspect after setting up a social-networking account and interacting with him.

“We used a model’s photo for the profile we created in a woman’s name,” said D. Thangaraj, assistant commissioner of cyber crime. “After chatting with him for a few days, on Sunday we invited him to a star hotel on Poonamallee High Road for a fictitious birthday party. Saifuddin walked into our trap.”

The police action followed a complaint Oct. 21 from a young woman, who said Saifuddin had tricked her into giving him 15 sovereigns of gold after promising to marry her. During interrogation, Saifuddin admitted he had forged degree certificates to get hired at private banks. He told the police he was working in the marketing department of a bank, but was fired after his employer found out the truth about the bogus credentials.

Realizing he wanted to go abroad, but did not have money, the man began plotting his online scam.

“He had conned many women,” Thangaraj told Times of India. ” We were able to recover some money which he got by selling their jewels. But not all have formally filed complaints.”

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