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Lucknow: 70-year-old heart specialist’s bid to become ‘gnarled’ costs him Rs 1.8 crore | Lucknow News

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LUCKNOW: A 70-year-old cardiologist in Lucknow placed an advertisement in the marriage classifieds of a major English daily newspaper published in Lucknow looking for a suitable partner. He received a response from Florida-based Krishna Sharma, a “marine engineer.”
Soon Krishna told the doctor that she was moving to India and was shipping South African gold worth US$70,000 to an agency in Lucknow to avoid any hassle. By the time the doctor realized he had been taken for a ride, he had transferred over 1.8 crore rupees to Krishna for excise, shipping, airfare and other tasks to “help him settle in India”.
Now the doctor has filed a police complaint against Krishna and Cyber ​​Cell detectives are investigating the case and suspect it is the work of a Nigerian gang.
Police Commissioner, UP CybercellTriveni Singh, confirmed that the investigation into the case has started.
Singh said it all started in January 2022 when the heart specialist made a remarriage announcement as his first wife died in 2019 and he felt lonely.
As per the complaint, the doctor contacted Krishna Sharma on March 2, 2022. She introduced herself as a marine engineer in Florida, USA. They later started chatting on WhatsApp and their friendship blossomed for a period.
In the meantime, the woman has expressed her desire to move to India to take care of her relatives in Gujarat. She wanted to transport gold from South Africa “which was at risk of being stolen by Somali pirates” and needed to be transferred to a security company in Lucknow.
“Influenced by the woman, the doctor immediately agreed. Subsequently, he received calls from the customs and security company for the clearance of the gold shipment which had arrived at the airport,” Singh said.
Later, in a period of 15 days, the doctor was duped out of Rs 1.80 crore on the pretext of customs charges, insurance charges and many other charges. When the doctor still had not received the shipment after 10 days of the transaction, he became apprehensive and called the woman.
“He found out that his number was disabled as well as that of the security company detectives who had called him for the money,” Singh added.
Singh said it was a typical case where a Nigerian posing as a US citizen tricked an Indian citizen. They are also on marriage websites and keep tabs on papers with advertisements for remarriages.
Recently, the Cyber ​​Cell arrested six Nigerians involved in similar cases of fraud by UP citizens.


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