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Resident saves himself from conman

india Updated: Feb 19, 2012 00:57 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Leena Dhankhar
Hindustan Times
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A Sector 45 resident managed to save himself from falling into the trap of a Delhi-based conman, who gave him a forged bank draft of Rs 10 lakh to buy his car on February 11.

Saurabh Sabarwal, a businessman running a travel agency in Sector 45, saved himself from being conned by accused Aakash Bajaj, who claimed to be an employee of HCL in Noida.

Bajaj had recently duped an executive with PepsiCo, Gurgaon, of his Honda City by handing him a forged bank draft of R7 lakh. He had struck an online car sale deal with him.

The accused would pick up the contact details of those interested in selling their luxury cars on the web portal www.carwale.com.

“I registered on www.carwale.com to sell my Toyota Corolla Altis. I received a call from the company saying one Aakash Bajaj was interested in buying the car and gave me his number. Bajaj and I decided to meet on February 10,” Sabarwal told HT on Saturday.

“I got a little suspicious as Bajaj took a short test drive and finalised the deal. Before leaving, he said he would inform me after having a final discussion with his wife,” he added.

Sabarwal said the following day he asked Bajaj about the car deal. “Bajaj asked me in whose name the draft should be made? He called up on February 10 and finalised the deal at Rs 9.80 lakh,” he said. Sabarwal said the accused handed him the draft on February 11 and stated that he would collect the car the next day.

“I asked him for an ID proof and he gave me a photocopy of his passport. I saw it and realised that it was fake. I did not argue with him but told him that the copy was forged. He then asked me for R20,000 against the draft of R10 lakh. I refused and said I would give the amount only after the draft was cleared,” he added.

Sabarwal said he then informed his father in Delhi and asked him to visit Bajaj's house in Friends Colony.

“The address belonged to somebody called Kakkar,” he added.

A case has been registered.