Fraud through a matrimonial site

Mumbai, India
December 11, 2017 11:02am CST
One of my friend registered herself to a matrimonial site as her family is looking for a suitable groom. She met a guy living in New Jersey who she started liking and in a months time they decided to get married. The guy informed my friend that he is sending some gifts and jewellery to her through courier & after some days he will also land India for wedding preparations. After few days my friend got a call from a courier company that her parcel is received in India but stuck in customs and a duty is to be paid on it to release it. It was a "topay" parcel for which my friend paid $755 as freight and $1600 customs. They charged her a penatly of $3800 as the authorities found out that the parcel contains $15000 cash as well which isnt legal to send (courier company conveyed her the same) She paid the penatly as well hoping to get a parcel but when she told us the entire story I thought it is a big fraud. She doesnt even know the guy well, where he lives in NJ, he didnt even paid for parcel, courier company might be fake as customs is not directly informing her anything however courier company is sending her customs receipts I think the guy is a cheat...what do you'll think? Have you ever heard of such a scam?
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10 responses
@prashu228 (25820)
• India
11 Dec
Is she gone mad, how can she pay like that. She would have rejected the guy..
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• Mumbai, India
11 Dec
She is an emotional fool..her family has gone under a serious financial crunch because of her stupidity
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@kavinitu (4468)
• India
11 Dec
How horrible, I will never ever consider the matrimonial faith. How crafty are people? They deceived innocent people.
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• Mumbai, India
11 Dec
I agree but it is a mistake of my friend who fell for a trap
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@MALUSE (39085)
• Germany
11 Dec
You 'think' the guy is a cheat? Of course, he is a cheat! And your friend must be crazy. How can you agree to marry someone you've 'known' online for a month? Why did she accept the parcel at all? She should have refused it the moment she was told that she had to pay something for it.
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• Mumbai, India
11 Dec
I agree.she informed everyone late after she paid for the parcel
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@Emmlex1000 (1401)
• Lagos, Nigeria
11 Dec
This are scam don't believe that
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• Mumbai, India
11 Dec
Even i didnt believed it until i found out it actually happened with her. And it is very stupid of her to pay the duties, she should have rejected the parcel
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@lady1993 (16718)
• Philippines
13 Dec
it sounds like it... maybe she should report him to the poice instead? She went through a lot of trouble to get that parcel
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• Mumbai, India
13 Dec
Yes she has lodged a complaint.
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@LeaPea2417 (19768)
• Toccoa, Georgia
11 Dec
Yes, she was scammed. It is awful. Do you think she can get her money back?
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• Mumbai, India
11 Dec
I dont think so as we are not sure whether that money has gone to customs or to that fraud
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@Happy2BeMe (74679)
• Canada
11 Dec
Sorry she feel for such a scam
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@dpk262006 (56110)
• Delhi, India
12 Dec
I fail to understand that before paying roughly $6155 why did not she check from the guy? She should have asked him about the payment she was asked to pay by the customs. You have not mentioned could she get the parcel and if she could, what she found in the parcel? You are right that it seems a case of cheating and your friend was duped.
• Mumbai, India
12 Dec
She informed the guy but then he convinced her to clear the customs and he will pay back once he is in india. She has not yet received any parcel. We doubt there was any parcel as customs did not directly interacted with her. It was a courier company who was the mediator. She has now filed an FIR against the guy
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@dpk262006 (56110)
• Delhi, India
12 Dec
@anushreem Even if she checked with the guy, a doubt would have arisen in her mind about paying such a large amount. When the guy told him that he would send some gifts/jewellery for her, he should have paid the entire amount beforehand. I doubt if she would ever receive the parcel. It is saner on her part to file an FIR in this case against the guy but as the guy does not live in India, I am not sure, how FIR will help her recover her money.
@stapllotik (1007)
• India
11 Dec
Tell her to lodge complaint in cybercrime cell at bkc , if its a fraud
• Mumbai, India
12 Dec
Oh thanks for the information. I will inform her
• India
12 Dec
@anushreem you welcome
@rhpinc (1306)
• Santa Barbara, California
6 May
I don't ever go on those sites anyway... This is definitely a scam, I heard this happening to other people too. I'm sorry this happened to your friend.