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Agent dupes travel firm, customers of Rs 7.5 lakh

An online travel agency has lodged a complaint against a man for duping more than 600 of its potential customers by promising them holiday packages which never came in their way.

gurgaon Updated: Jan 19, 2013 00:58 IST
HT Correspondent

An online travel agency has lodged a complaint against a man for duping more than 600 of its potential customers by promising them holiday packages which never came in their way.

The accused took Rs 7.5 lakh from the victims but never deposited the same in the account of the travel company, the police said on Friday.

The accused, an agent of ibibo.com, had signed an agreement with the website's for collection of payments from customers through online payment gateway.

According to the police, a case under IT Act was registered in Sadar police station on Thursday evening.

Rambeer Singh of ibibo.com had filed a complaint with the Gurgaon police's cyber crime cell in September 2012 against Varun Dixit, a resident of Delhi.

The accused had also paid the security deposit to the travel agency as a part of the agreement. The accused sold holiday packages for Rs 5,999 to as many as 600 customers but failed to give them the promised packages.

The fraud came to light when a few customers complained to the web portal about payment deduction through internet banking for the purchased packages that they never received, a police officer said.

In September, the website received 10 such complaints. Soon, the site operator approached the cyber crime cell and lodged a complaint.

"The IP address of the accused has been traced and user has been identified as Varun Dixit. The email id used on the IP address is varundixit1987@gmail.com," inspector Suresh Kumar of the cyber crime cell said, adding that the accused would be arrested soon. The probe has also revealed that the accused had duped a large number of people in Delhi and other cities.

"We are investigating the matter. Soon, the culprit will be nabbed as our teams are conducting raids," said Yashwant Singh, station house officer (SHO) of Sadar police station.

The police hope more victims would come forward to file complaints.