Three persons have been booked for allegedly duping a Gurgaon man of Rs 50 lakh after promising him help him get a distributorship of Amway, a major multilevel marketing firm.
The victim, who met one of the accused on Facebook, alleged that the trio posed as close aides of a senior Amway manager and took large sums of money from him in 2015 and 2016, ostensibly to get him the distributorship.
A case was registered at the Sadar police station for cheating and fraud against the accused.
Amit Chandwani, a resident of Sector 7, who works as an engineer in Gurgaon, had complained to the economic offences wing of the Gurgaon police that he had come in contact with one Amandeep Kaur on Facebook and she promised him a way to earn an extra income.
Chandwani, who was looking for some work at that time, was introduced to Gurpreet Singh Bindra. Both Bindra and Kaur claimed that they were top level dealers of Amway.
Chandwani was allegedly told that Amway was changing its business model and was now planning to offer district-wise distributorship, which would be very profitable.
Chandwani was initiated as a dealer into the company and he was later made to meet another accused Devender Singh, who also assured him that investing in Amway would earn him crores. The trio thereafter told Chandwani that a lot of people were after the distributorship and he had to pay an advance amount.
Chandwani paid them around Rs 27 lakh in the last quarter of 2015. The accused also came to know that Chandwani’s father had got Rs 1 crore after selling a property. They then offered his father a special investment scheme in foreign exchange claiming to be official dealers in different currencies.
The accused again managed to make the father-son duo pay them Rs 43 lakh on different dates.
However, when neither the Amway distributorship nor the profit from the purported foreign exchange business came through, the father-son duo started asking them to return the money. The accused however refused to give them the money and Chandwani alleged that they are planning to flee the country.
“We are investigating the matter and the case has been registered against the accused,” said the investigating officer.