Man held for swindling money from women pretending as army officer

Kollam native Ranjith R Pillai (29) has been arrested over this case by the Nedumkandam police.

Ranjith R Pillai

Nedumkandam: Man arrested for swindling money from women through social media by pretending as an army officer. Kollam native Ranjith R Pillai (29) has been arrested over this case by the Nedumkandam police.

The accused was arrested from Coimbatore by tracing his number with the help of the cyber cell. The investigation was started following the complaint filed by a 17-year old girl from Nedumkandam.

Ranjith had created fake accounts on social media including Facebook and Instagram by the name ‘Ajay R’. He took photos wearing uniform of senior army officer and posted them on his social media accounts.

The accused would get acquainted with women online, promise to marry them and gradually collect their private pictures and videos. He would then start threatening them saying that he would send the photos to relatives of the women and take money from them.

The accused has never appeared in video calls. He had worked temporarily in the army camp canteen in Pune in 2018 with the help of his relative who is an army officer. It is hinted that he stole the army uniform from there.

The accused had been using a different SIM card for accessing social media accounts. He was unreachable on that number. It is learned that he looted money from many women including government staff.

The accused had been living with his wife in Coimbatore and used to go for painting jobs. He was not on good terms with the neighbours. He was nabbed by the investigation team led by Nedumkandam CI B S Binu, SI G Ajayakumar and others.

The phone that he used for the fraud has also been confiscated. There are pending cases against him in Kayamkulam, Sasthamcotta police stations. The man has been remanded after producing before the court.

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