A man posing as an NRI doctor from Venezuela made a marriage proposal to a 36-year-old doctor in the city and fraudulently obtained Rs 21.4 lakh from her.
Shreedevi G, a doctor at a private hospital residing at Mantri Alpyne apartment in Channasandra, filed a complaint with the Rajarajeshwarinagar police on Monday over the cheating incident.
Shreedevi stated that she met the man claiming to be Rakesh Kapoor in an online matrimonial platform in October. Kapoor claimed he was an NRI doctor at St Anthony hospital in Venezuela on a contract basis.
As she liked his profile, she shared her contact details and the couple began chatting. Kapoor then proposed to her.
He told her that he would be visiting Delhi in November to buy medical equipment and promised to fly down to Bengaluru to finalise their marriage.
A few days later, he told Shreedevi he had ordered medical equipment for Rs 50 lakh and the company needs 10% advance.
He requested her to pay the money since he had difficulties using his bank account and could not transfer the money himself.
He also promised to return the money when he visits her in Bengaluru.
Shreedevi believed him and transferred the money to the Delhi-based firm. Kapoor then told her his contract was renewed and his trip to India had been postponed. He then requested her to transfer more money to other accounts, promising to return it later. Shridevi transferred all her savings.
After taking Rs 21.4 lakh, Kapoor switched off his mobile and disappeared. Shreedevi made several attempts to contact him and realised she had been duped.
Police have booked a cheating case against Rakesh Kapoor and six others. They are collecting details of the bank account to which the doctor transferred the money and are making efforts to track Kapoor down.