Five men who had allegedly duped innumerable people across the country on the pretext of installing cell phone towers at their premises were arrested in east Delhi, police said on Tuesday.
"The arrested have been identified as Islam Ahmad (22), Deepak Kumar Malhotra (25), Suraj (24), Mukesh Kumar (22) and Tilakraj (28). They were apprehended from their office in Mayur Vihar Phase 1 following intelligence inputs about a gang running a cheating racket on the pretext of installing cell phone towers at their homes," said OP Mishra, deputy commissioner of police (east).
According to the police, the gang had given advertisements in leading newspapers across Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and other states.
"The gang would convince their unsuspecting customers about getting cell phone towers of service providers such as Virgin, Idea and Aircel installed at their residences. In due course of time, they would contact those interested and ask them to deposit the registration amount in an account number which the gang had acquired by forged means," said a senior police officer.
When the owner of the said premises deposited the amount, which used to range between Rs 4,000 to R5,000, the gang dispatched a fake set of agreement letters to the victim promising Rs 65,000 to Rs 70,000 as monthly rent and Rs 40 lakh as advance by cell phone service provider company in due time, police said.
"When the victim deposited another Rs 43,000 in the account, they would immediately withdraw the amount. The gang has more than hundred accounts in fake names in ICICI Bank, Punjab National Bank, State Bank of India and State Bank of Patiala," the officer said.
The police said the gang had even employed tele-callers who were given Rs 5,000 as salary.
"However, they wouldn't employ them for more than two months fearing the exposure of the racket. As many as 180 mobile phones, thousands of fake stamp papers and hundreds of fake agreement letters of different service providers were recovered from them," DCP Mishra added.