Seven army officers posted at the NSG complex in Manesar became the latest victims of an online fraud as they ordered mobile phones worth Rs 77,000. A year after investigating Major Gaurav Pathania's complaint, the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police has finally asked the Manesar police station to file a case of cyber forgery.
According to the police, Pathania saw an advertisement on online portal Quikr.com by Plemix Electronics in Okhla, Delhi, on January 4, 2011.
The shop was offering branded mobile phones at discounted prices. Pathania called on the mobile number mentioned in the advertisement and spoke to one Darun. After exchange of several phone calls, the deal was finalised.
Pathania also roped in his colleagues Major VP Jemdar, Major P Srinivasan, Major T Satpathy, Captain Piyush Nath, Captain Abheet Pillai and Deputy Commander Tashi Gyalik to buy the phones.
On January 6, Pathania booked six handsets of Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 set mobiles at the rate of Rs 9,000 each.
Since the dealer was adamant on receiving payments in advance, the army officer deposited Rs 25,000 each in two State Bank of India bank accounts in the name of Ram Kimi Fanai and Laltlankimi. Accused Darun had agreed to take the remaining balance of Rs 4,000 on delivery.
On January 8, Darun called up Pathania claiming that he would not be able to deliver the phones as his company policy insisted on bulk order of minimum ten handsets.
Finding something amiss, the major immediately demanded his payment of Rs 50,000 back but Darun somehow managed to convince him to book three more phones, instead of four.
In the fear of loosing the money, all the officers got together and ordered three more units. On January 10, Pathania again deposited Rs 27,000 in the bank accounts. After depositing the money, the major sent an e-mail to Darun at firstname.lastname@example.org along with a copy of the cash slip. The dealer promised to deliver the phones by January 13, 2011.
On January 11, when Major Pathania tried to contact Darun, his phone was switched off. The advertisement on Quikr.com was also removed.
SHO Inspector Om Prakash said, “The army officers are feeling cheated and want police to take immediate action against the accused as they have lost hard-earned money of Rs 77,000.”