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Matrimonial scam: NRI man duped of Rs 65 lakh by Hyderabad family

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A Hyderabad based Telugu family recently lured a California-based software engineer into a scam and got him to part with Rupees 65 lakh (almost $ 90,000).

A family of three from Telangana plotted by creating a fake profile on a matrimonial site and began baiting software engineers living abroad.

Malavika's son Gopal created a fake profile on the Bharath Matrimony website for 'Keerthi,' a wealthy doctor living in the popular suburb of Jubilee Hills. Malavika, pretending to be Keerthi would chat with Non Resident Indian (NRI) men who came to the portal in search of a bride.

Based on a complaint filed by Varun, a software engineer from California, the Hyderabad police arrested a 44-year-old woman Malavika Devati and her 22-year-old son Venkateswara Gopal Devati
and sent them to judicial remand. Malavika’s husband Srinivas Devati is absconding.



The modus operandi was simple social engineering. After making initial contact on the website, Malavika began chatting with the engi…