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Tinder Date Gone Wrong: Man Scammed To Pay Rs 1.2 Lakh Bill At Delhi Cafe

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Two people have been arrested in the case



When a civil service aspirant right-swiped on a dating app, he had no idea he was walking into a sinister plot carefully planned to scam men looking for love.

On Sunday, the victim, not named by the police, reached the Black Mirror Cafe in East Delhi's Vikas Marg area to celebrate the birthday of Versha, a woman he had recently matched with on "Tinder".

At the cafe, the two ordered some snacks, two cakes, and four shots of a non-alcoholic beverage.

The "date" was going quite well until Versha had to rush out due to a family emergency.

As the man finished the food and called for the check, the bill stunned him - he owed the cafe an obscene ₹ 1,21,917.70 for food that should not cost more than a few thousand.

The victim promptly disputed the bill but he was threatened, confined, and forced to pay. The man ended up transferring the amount online to one of the cafe's owners - 32-year-old Akshay Pahwa. Mr Pahwa is a resident of Shahdara in East Delhi and has studied till Class 10.

Once out of the cafe, he went straight to the cops and filed a case.

The police set out to probe the case and a four-member team led by Inspector Sanjay Gupta was formed. Soon, Mr Pahwa was in the police's custody.

During the investigation, he told the police that the Black Mirror cafe is owned by him, Ansh Grover, and Vansh Pahwa. Akshay and Vansh are cousins, while Ansh is their friend. The cafe employs several "table managers", including one man named Aryan; and these "table managers" are managed by one Digranshu, he said. Aryan is a Class 7 dropout and is currently unemployed.

Mr Pahwa also gave up Versha - 25-year-old Afsan Parveen, who also goes by the names Ayesha and Noor. When the cops tracked her down, Ms Parveen was at another cafe on a "date" with a man from Mumbai she had met on Shaadi.com.

Ms Parveen revealed their modus operandi to the police.

Aryan had reached out to the victim and communicated with him posing as Versha. He shared Ms Parveen's photo in the one-time view mode and invited him to Laxmi Nagar on June 23 to celebrate her birthday.

Once at the cafe, Ms Parveen feigned a family emergency and rushed out as planned and her date was handed the bill.

Each player has a cut: 15% of the amount they charge these unsuspecting men goes to Ms Parveen, 45% is divided between the table and cafe managers, and the remaining 40% to the owners.

Several such schemes are in play in major metro cities, including Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad to extort money from unwitting victims, the police said.

These elaborate plans thrive on a well-oiled collusion mechanism involving cafe owners, managers, and others who right-swipe on the "right" men on the dating apps, they added.

The "table managers" create fake profiles on these apps and lure men to the cafes where they are overcharged for food and drinks, the police said. If they refuse to pay, they are threatened, beaten, or kept in confinement until they comply.

Social stigma often prevents men from reporting such incidents, the police added.

Post a comment The police arrested Ms Parveen and Mr Pahwa and seized their phones and the cafe's register. The investigation is in progress and efforts are being made to arrest other accused, the police said.


https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/aspiring-bureau...

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Deal Subedar Deal Subedar
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Don't know why men are still so desperate for women and gets scammed to easily. There are thousands of cases reported online by mens activists but still they are doomed.

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Finance Mentor Finance Mentor
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So much issues and personal problems I'm going through, yet have not seeked new female friend... seems my wit wins over emotions atleast in this field...

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Always Remember "You are A Man plus1🏻", not a woman... Men are made for dying in War,  not for dying in Love 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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Very old scam. But sadly still running

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+1 , I read these kinds of cases in 2019. 

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Deal Subedar Deal Subedar
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Don't know why men are still so desperate for women and gets scammed to easily. There are thousands of cases reported online by mens activists but still they are doomed.

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- @Faug

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Who is this btw?

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Generous Generous
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He could have hired women like her for far far less instead of 'dating'.

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Could have got Parveen at 16% of the bill

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common in Delhi

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Delhi rail station outskirts hotel scam still happens. Delhi has become the new bihar

Deal Subedar Deal Subedar
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Aisi shakal ki ladki ke sath bhi date pe chala gaya .. desperation at its peak. Dimag se nhi kheloge to scam to hoga hi, this scam is very common nowadays in delhi.

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I will gift u a pillow. 🤘

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Every other day you'll find dating cum food bill scam on Reddit and other similar platforms 😅

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how did they expect to get away with this?

its a physical business location and the victim probably paid via bank balance or credit instead of hard cash

wtf

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@kartikxxx Stay Safe 😅

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Finance Mentor Finance Mentor
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you mean jail or whatever?
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Finance Mentor Finance Mentor
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So much issues and personal problems I'm going through, yet have not seeked new female friend... seems my wit wins over emotions atleast in this field...

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That's because you're an emotionally strong person with great self-control. It's impressive how you handle everything with such resilience and wit! fire💖

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Deal Subedar Deal Subedar
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A famous modus-operandi, worldwide.

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Any idea where it started first?

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Deal Cadet Deal Cadet
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Tinder and bumble are  quite famous dating app for this kind of  common scams  , specially this kind of of scam are quite common in Metro and tier 1 cities 

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This is wat greed does to people. Its hilarious. I can understand this is a common scam and if it happened to me and the bill was something  like 5000rs I would have just ate the loss and called it a day. But, at no point is a 1lakh is going to make sense to me and i would let it slide. Maybe some ultra rich people can let it slide. Also, the report mentions  "shots of non-alcoholic drinks". Which non-alcoholic drinks cost this much money?

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OP be like:-

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Generous Generous
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Credit card se payment kar ke chargeback file kar dena tha, Amex ka refer me DM me de deta, meanwhile Delhi NCR has become the crime capital  , u name it we have it

Generous Generous
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But 1.2L ka bill me kya khaya tha?

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Just 1.2L Bill

The man got escaped with very less penalty. 

Some Years back i read a news that a Tinder women dated a man for some days, made strong trust for man. One day after meeting him, she invited him to her room and she murdered and looted him with her fellow in that room. 😞

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So Never Ever Trust a Stranger Female on these dating Platform and Never meet her alone if she invites you to any other Place. 

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Oh

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Have heard similar horror stories of Grindr also sad

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Ye kya pros ki dukaan hai, grindr?

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