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2 arrested for duping woman of Rs 6 lakh

New Delhi:Two men have been arrested for allegedly duping a woman of Rs 6 lakh after a person, posing as a British national, befriended her on Facebook.

In a complaint to police last month, the woman said that she had befriended a person on the social networking site who identified himself as Daniel Brown, a British national, said Surendra Kumar, DCP (southwest).

After Daniel told her that he had sent 35,500 Pounds, she received a call from a woman, who identified herself as a customs official posted at Mumbai airport and told the victim to pay Rs 86,000 and receive the money sent by Daniel, the police officer said.

The victim deposited the amount to the bank account specified by the accused. Later, on their further demands she paid more totalling around Rs 6 lakh, Kumar said.

On the basis of her complaint, police launched a technical surveillance and arrested Shobhit and Pradip, he said.

A large number of forged documents and IDs including 1,850 PAN cards, 900 voter ID cards, 350 mobile SIM cards, 186 passbooks, 430 cheque books and 290 ATM cards were seized from them, police said.