The police have arrested a 35-year-old man for duping people with forged scanned cheques.
Dinesh Mishra, a resident of Shastri Nagar of Meerut district, was trying to purchase pipe fittings worth Rs 14.5 lakh from Navyug Market in Ghaziabad.
The police also recovered several cheques, which were scanned using the original cheques of reputed companies.
On Tuesday, Mishra went to Alaska Traders and expressed his wish to purchase some items.
“Mishra handed over a cheque to the shop owner who gave it to his bank. The bank officials immediately came to know that the cheque was scanned. After the matter reached police, Mishra was apprehended from Hinon area while he was trying to flee,” Ghaziabad Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Raghubir Lal said.
The SSP said the forged cheque bore the stamp and signature of a reputed sugar mill in Moradabad district and was scanned using a digital scanner.
“We have issued instructions to traders and businessmen to deal with unknown purchasers in a careful manner as several instances have been detected recently,” the SSP added.
Police said Mishra ran several consultancy and security services in Western Uttar Pradesh.