A man was arrested and two are at large after allegedly cheating a real estate developer of Rs5.25 lakh by promising him four “VIP mobile numbers” of a leading mobile service provider in India.
“The complainant said he was told if he used a VIP mobile number then the people he called would not be able to see the number. The receiver would just see ‘private number’ on his screen. He was also told that the receiver would not be able to call him back,” said a Powai police source.
According to the Powai police, the complainant is a builder and needed the mobile numbers for his private use. He was acquainted with one of the two accused. As both the accused used to work for network service providers, they knew how to acquire SIM cards and promised to give the complainant four VIP SIM cards for Rs5.25 lakh while giving the builder their bank details. Accordingly, the complainant sent them the money in August this year.
The account in which the money was transferred was created using fake documents. The arrested accused, identified as 28-year-old Ravindra Yadav, had opened the account using someone else’s documents. Yadav also withdrew the money the complainant had sent.
He was arrested on Saturday after the bank’s cashier identified him and remanded to police custody till November 8. An FIR has been registered under section 406 and 420 of IPC against the accused.