Coimbatore: A man who posed as Bollywood playback singer Armaan Malik on social media and defrauded lakhs of rupees from women after befriending them was arrested by Coimbatore district crime branch.
Mahendra Varman, a native of Ulunderpet in Tamil Nadu used to befriend women through WhatsApp and Facebook in the name of Armaan. Varman established friendship with women using the images of Armaan as his profile pictures. In fact, he had downloaded them from Facebook.
Varman revealed that he had collected lakhs of rupees from these women over a period of time after befriending them, said police after questioning him. He had cheated nearly 15 women from Coimbatore alone, added police.
He was arrested based on a complaint from a woman who was cheated by him.