Kollam woman held for duping using fake social media profiles
Kollam: A 32-year-old woman was arrested for cheating young men using fake profiles on Facebook and looting money. The accused was identified as Sooranadu native Vadakathil Aswathy. She was later released on bail.
Following her arrest, police started investigation centering on 3 bank accounts operated by the accused.
The woman used photographs and details of Kochi-based sisters Prabha and Ramya for creating fake profiles on Facebook. By using their photos and details collected from social media, the accused created two fake profiles on Facebook in the names of Anusree Anu and Aswathy Achu. She used the profiles to befriend young men and ask for money.
The youth who were cheated by the woman shared the matter on a Facebook group. Noticing this, Prabha filed a complaint with Cyber Police. But as the profiles were deleted, the Cyber Police informed her that they can not seek an explanation from Facebook. Following this, police started an independent investigation and recovered the details of the accused.
The accused has been duping people for money by creating over 7 fake profiles on social media for the last 4 years. We have been probing whether she got help from any others to commit the crime, said Sooranadu inspector K Syam and SI Manju V Nair.