Delhi Police have arrested nine people, including seven women, who allegedly duped people of around Rs 15 lakh running a fake friendship club racket.
The friendship club, which operated from Mukherjee Nagar in north Delhi, had allegedly collected huge sums of money from people by offering them contact numbers of women willing to be friends, police said.
Rajiv Sharma (24), a school dropout and the mastermind had been running the club, called SG International Friendship Club, with associate Pankaj Sharma (21) for the past seven months. Acting on a tip-off police arrested both Rajiv and Pankaj along with the girls in the age group of 19-25.
They initially rented an office in Azadpur, but later shifted to the bigger office in Mukherjee Nagar. where they paid a monthly rent of Rs 18,000 and advertised in leading newspapers in several cities. He paid his female employees Rs 5,000 per month with extra incentives based on the number of members they made.
Once a caller approached the club, he would be given a bank account number to deposit money, ACP (Crime) Satyendra Garg said.
“They had three categories —the lowest category (college girls and housewives) for Rs 2,000, the middle category (teachers, doctors and other professionals) for Rs 7,000 and the upper category (models and airhostess) for Rs 15,000 for a period of one month,” said Garg.
But after the customers deposited the money the club would stop avoiding them.