Women in love
Why are women so gullible when it comes to love and romance? Why do
they get swindled by men who promise marriage and disappear with their
wealth without leaving any trace? The Colombo Fraud Bureau has launched
several investigations into such complaints made by desperate women who
had been swindled and left in the lurch by confident tricksters.
What made the unmarried woman fall head over heels in love with a man
she had never met or seen before? This happened when she (42) boarded a
bus opposite the Regal Theatre in Fort. She usually boarded a long
distance bus bound for Aluthgama. She was then followed by a strange man
who boarded the same bus from the same bus halt. Obviously he would have
spotted the vivacious woman at the bus halt on previous occasions too.
The man with good looks (45) was a notorious confident trickster
wanted by the police in connection with other crimes he had committed.
The man's aim was to befriend the woman and then to steal her wealth. He
had done this to other women on a number of occasions. Having boarded
the bus he sat next to the woman and boldly initiated a conversation
The man spoke flawless English and she was quickly drawn towards him.
She was delighted to hear him speak because of his Westernised accent.
In fact the woman had returned to Sri Lanka some time ago after being
employed in the United Kingdom.
She had worked in a factory in the U.K. and had amassed sufficient
wealth before returning to Sri Lanka. She was making preparations to
migrate to Australia this time. It was in this connection that she came
to Colombo to follow a course at a five star hotel in Colombo. The
confident trickster probably would have spotted the vivacious woman at
the bus halt on previous occasions and may have even followed her to her
village in Aluthgama.
The man was a seasoned criminal and with little effort he made
friends with her. He was able to charm her and she instantaneously fell
for him. He introduced himself as a Flight Engineer although he had
worked as a chauffeur before. He had a knack for charming women aud used
this skill for criminal purposes. After chatting for some time and
getting to know her a little bit he invited her for a cup of tea when
the bus reached Bambalapitiya.
The woman too accepted his invitation and joined him at a plush
restaurant. With his fluent English he was able to win her confidence.
After partaking of a sumptuous meal, he reached for his wallet in his
trouser pocket to settle the bill.
The expressions on his face changed when he discovered that his
wallet wasn't there. It was a cooked up story. He informed the woman
that some one had picked up his wallet while in the bus. However the
woman believed his cock and bull story and lent him Rs. 2,000 after
settling the bill.
Thereafter he began visiting her home regularly at Aluthgama
pretending that he was madly in love with her. However he never stayed
beyond 9.p.m. and always got out of the house before 9 p.m. for some
When the affair was blossoming one day he proposed marriage and
consented even to migrate to Australia with her. After finalising their
marriage, he told the woman that they should buy a spot of land and put
up a house for them to live soon after marriage.
The couple thereafter visited a property development company at
Nittambuwa and agreed to purchase a block of land for Rs. 7 lakhs. In
the meantime the man cunningly coaxed her and got her to withdraw Rs. 7
lakhs from her bank account. Thereafter she gave the money to her
intended husband for the purchase of the land. In the meantime he
cajoled her to part with her personnel computer and the fax machine
saying that he needed them to fax massages to Australia.
However things became sour for the man at the registration ceremony
when several photographs were taken of him. The woman's brother too had
returned from abroad to attend his sister's marriage which was fixed for
December 10. Her brother's presence too had upset him knowing that he
would be unmasked soon. So before they discovered his true identity the
man decamped from the house along with the cash, the personnel computer
and the fax machine.
The woman thereafter lodged a complaint at the Colombo Fraud Bureau.
The Director, Colombo Fraud Bureau, SSP Pinidiya has instructed Chief
Inspector Suni Shantha to investigate the matter and arrest the suspect.