A scheme through the online dating site Shaadi.com has been reported and its latest victim was someone from Clovis, Calif.
The person identified himself as Chirag Hardev and provided two emails: Chriaghadev@engineering.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Hardev also called from 562-203-7433.
He claimed to own a business called UH Construction and asked for more than $20,000 as collateral to secure an alleged contract with the government. He claimed he never signed the $33 million contract because his mother got sick and went to the hospital for knee surgery.
The scheme involved several recorded songs and texts until the recipient was "hooked."