French woman cheated of `29L on­line

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Vi­jay Ku­mar Ya­dav vi­jay.ya­dav1@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: A 37-year-old French woman from And­heri has been cheated of Rs29 lakh by a Le­banese na­tional she met on pro­fes­sional net­work­ing site LinkedIn. The BKC cy­ber po­lice have reg­is­tered the of­fence on Thurs­day, a se­nior crime branch of­fi­cial con­firmed to the Hin­dus­tan Times.

No­real Lud­vin, the chief fi­nance of­fi­cer at a fi­nan­cial con­sult­ing firm, told the po­lice the ac­cused, a man named Car­los Obeid, got in touch with her and said he was the CFO of the Mubadala De­vel­op­ment Com­pany.

The two shared a pro­fes­sional as­so­ci­a­tion for a while, and in course of con­ver­sa­tion, dis­cussed about ar­rang­ing a loan for a client of Lud­vin’s firm. Obeid promised to ar­range a $100-mil­lion loan from Waha Cap­i­tal, an Abu Dhabi-based in­vest­ment com­pany. He got Lud­vin to de­posit Rs29lakh as the loan pro­cess­ing fee. Obeid also claimed to be on the board direc­tors in this com­pany, a source said.

In­ter­est­ingly, the web­site of Waha Cap­i­tal shows Car­los Obeid as a board mem­ber. This has led the po­lice to be­lieve some­one may have stolen Obeid’s iden­tity to cheat Lud­vin.

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