In a shocking incident reported from Maharashtra, a ‘scientist’ duped as many as 14 women on the tune of Rs. 1 crore under pretext of marriage. The accused has been identified as Aditya sometimes called as Navush alias Tanmay Mhatre. The man created a fake profile on a matrimonial platform where he claimed that he was a ‘scientist’. He then cheated 14 women and collected money from them, which amounted to Rs 1 crore. It should be noted that that the Thane police’s crime branch arrested the accused when he was supposed to be on his way to meet another prospective bride in Navi Mumbai. When investigated, it was revealed that the accused was already married and also has a child with his wife.

This is the second major duping news coming this way where a man posed on a web-platform to cheat women on tune of lakhs of rupees.

Background

As innocent people are onboarded on various social networking and web platforms, cheaters and fraudsters onboard the same platforms. The fraudulence that was once committed in a broad daylight, is now committed using digital mediums. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), India reported a sharp 11.8% surge in cybercrime in 2020. Incidents of identity theft and fake profile make for a smaller chunk of the larger pie, and yet are showing a rapid growth.

Recently, a case of crime committed with the help of online platform was revealed where a man used a matrimonial platform to befriend women, and dupe them later. The case was reported just a few days after a similar case was reported from Bengaluru, where a young man posed as a lesbian to later blackmail women who shared their private pictures with him.


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The Facts of the Matter

Frauds come in all shapes and sizes, what’s common between them, is their malicious intention. They can claim to be a homosexual woman, and take women in confidence and later threaten them for money. They can take the shape of law-enforcement officer, and can threaten you into paying them to keep your image clean. They can pose to be your financial partners, and dupe you off your finances.

They also can claim to be a renowned scientist, and take you into confidence to dupe you off lakhs of rupees.

Recently, a man from Maharashtra was arrested when he was found guilty of posing as a scientist on matrimonial platforms and dupe as many as 14 women on the tune of Rs. 1 crore.


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Posed as NASA, ISRO Scientist

Reportedly, the man created a profile on matrimonial platforms, claiming to be a scientist from Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). On the platform he saw a woman’s profile. He contacted her through the same and soon befriended her. At one point, he asked the woman some money. The victim gave her Rs. 14 lakhs and he again asked for Rs. 25 lakhs.

Police Receives Inputs, Nabs Him

The woman got suspicious and filed a complaint at the Khadakpada police station, Kalyan. The crime branch of police carried out an investigation. Soon, the police received inputs that the accused was going to visit Navi Mumbai to meet another prospective bride. Acting on the inputs received from its investigation from the technical and human intelligence resources, the police ended up nabbing him.

The accused was identified as 29-year-old Aditya aka Tanmay Mhatre. Another identity the man had was Navush. Reportedly, the accused had cheated women from all around Maharashtra, including Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, and Rajgad.

Accused Had Child, Wife; Formulated Cheating Methods After Being Unemployed

During the interrogation the police found out that the man had used the same method to cheat women from other states as well. Further, it was revealed that accused has a child and is a married person. After being unemployed, the man formulated the method to target women and dupe them by befriending them.


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This was the Modus Operandi of The Accused

His modus operandi included targeting women who were above 30 years. A prolific manipulator, he would study the victims’ profile in depth and would pose as a renowned scientist to lure and befriend them. Under the pretext of a business problem, financial issue or similar excuses, the accused used to demand money from the victims. As such, the accused duped a total sum of Rs 1 crore from 14 women.

 

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