She went Dutch, and lost Rs 13.8 lakh
A30-year-old woman has complained that she was cheated of Rs 13.82 lakh, a major chunk of her savings, by a man she met on Tinder, the dating app. His profile had a blue tick which, according to Rithika (name changed), the victim, means it’s a verified profile.
Rithika, a resident of Rajajinagar and a software engineer at an MNC, said that soon after swiping right on the app, they started talking to each other on WhatsApp. Soon Walter started talking about marriage and stability. “He made me feel safe. Now it looks like he was grooming me. He probably had studied my social media profile and knew what was important to me. He asked me to delete my Tinder account and said he wanted to meet my parents and talk about our engagement. I didn’t suspect anything because he was the perfect gentleman. He said he was coming to India and promised that there would be no sex on this first meeting,” says Rithika.
He then sent her his tickets, Amsterdam – London – New Delhi.
Trouble on arrival
But things took a turn on January 22, the day he was supposed to have arrived in Delhi. Walter called Rithika to tell her that he had been detained at the
It’s not fine
For the jewellery, Rithika was asked to pay a fine of Rs 63,000. For the money (Rs 37,000) found in Walter’s cabin luggage, Rithika paid Rs 3.8 lakh. For the Rs 50,000 found in Walter’s check-in luggage, Rithika was asked to pay Rs 9.3 lakh as fine. “Walter promised to pay me the money as soon as he landed in Bengaluru. They created a hostage-like emergency and the woman said she could get his licence suspended and his passport confiscated and he would be handed over to the police. The woman refused to share her ID as she was helping Walter unofficially. She blackmailed me that she would call the media if we did not cooperate,” said Rithika.
All these transactions happened between January 22 and January 25 when Walter claimed he was staying at a hotel inside the New Delhi airport. On the third day, Rithika suspected something was wrong and called the hotel where Walter said he was staying. She found that there was no one by that name. Immediately she rushed to the