Police on Wednesday arrested a 25-year-old man from Sector 43 for allegedly duping over 300 women, most of them working as cabin crew with private airlines
The suspect was identified as Hemant Sharma, a resident of Gangtok, Sikkim. Police stated them he moved to Gurugram 2 years ago and took an apartment for rent and began duping women after pretending to be an airline pilot.
Preet Pal Sangwan, the assistant commissioner of police (crime), stated Sharma admitted to the crime during questioning and also informed that he has 2 years of experience working as ground staff at the Bangalore airport and as a front office executive at a five-star hotel.
“He was no longer interested in working and wanted to earn easy money. He created over 150 fake profiles on social networking sites pretending to be a pilot and began sending friend requests to women cabin crew executives,” he stated.
Sangwan told after befriending them, that he would send them small gifts and flowers but would never meet them in person. “Sharma spent more than 2 months on developing relationships and then began duping them by pretending to get stuck in a hotel as he lost his credit card, or that someone pickpocketed his wallet, or by claiming that the bank blocked his accounts citing verification after he said a theft.
Sharma operated to change his mobile number every time he duped a woman and told the others that he had to purchase a new SIM as his mobile phone was stolen, stated to police. He had operated over a hundred mobile numbers so far and had bought more than five dozen SIMs before leaving from Bangalore, told police.
Case was registered at Cyber police station
Police told the fraud arrived to the fore after a woman, a resident of Golf Course Road, complained that a man duped her of ₹1.2 lakh after befriending her on social media by posing as a pilot. A case was registered at Cyber police station, East under sections 420 (cheating), 419 (impersonation), and section 66 of Information Technology act in June, stated police.
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Bijendra Singh, station house officer of Cyber police station, stated it took time to verify the details and after getting the IP address they tracked the location and raided the apartment, and arrested Sharma.
“Sharma had amassed over ₹25 lakh this year alone and so far, we have found him involved in over 300 cases. We are verifying his bank accounts to confirm the amount of cash he made by duping women,” he stated.
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