By Gandhya Senanayake
A suspect has been remanded and four others taken into custody after a scam conducted through marriage proposal advertisements in local papers came to light, the Police Fraud Bureau told Daily Mirror online. Further investigations are being carried out.
The scam had first come to light after a lady from Akurana, a government servant, who had advertised for a partner in the marriage proposal section of a paper, was scammed by the group after they befriended her. She had later lodged a complaint with the police.
After conducting investigations, it was concluded that the fraudsters had used marriage proposal advertisement in local papers to find unsuspecting victims. Later they had befriended their targets and scammed them out of their valuables and money, C.I Kodikara, OIC of the Unit Six of the Police Fraud Bureau told Daily Mirror online.
This scam had been carried out for a considerable duration, the OIC added.
Further, an ambush had to be set to arrest one of the suspects connected with the fraudsters, he has been remanded pending further investigations after being produced in front of the Maligawatha Magistrate, Kodikara, said. (Daily Mirror online)