A 24-year-old engineer has been arrested for allegedly cheating flyers by offering them discounts on air tickets. The accused, Prakash Kumar, used to pose as a Jet Airways employee and offer 30% discount to frequent travellers, police said.
“He adopted a unique modus operandi to cheat people. He used to take a cheque of Rs 100 from his customers as registration fee. Since the amount was less, they didn’t mind giving him a cheque. Later, he used to write nine before 100, taking the amount to Rs 9,100,” Aslam Khan, additional DCP (central) said.
While filling in the cheque for his customers, he used to keep a small gap between ‘R’ and 100 and later filled in another number in that space. After withdrawing the money, he would just vanish, the police said.
“He printed his visiting cards on a fictitious name — Pawan Sharma. He identified his targets by roaming around markets and was arrested on Wednesday from his house in Lalita Park in east Delhi,” Khan added.
The police recovered four cheques from his house. “We suspect he had cheated over a dozen people to the tune of R1 lakh. He has done his BTech from a reputed institute but was not working anywhere,” a senior police officer said, requesting anonymity. A case of cheating has been registered at the Kamla Market police station.