Ghaziabad: Fake company selling cheap phones as 4G handsets busted
The police said that the accused procured cheap Chinese mobile phones from Gaffar Market in Delhi and sold them to customers in Delhi-NCR by branding them as 4G handsets, along with accessories.noida Updated: Jun 12, 2017 22:18 IST
The police on Monday arrested a gang of 10 persons for allegedly operating a fake company and duping customers by providing low-cost imported phones instead of 4G mobile phone handsets.
The police said that the accused procured cheap Chinese mobile phones from Gaffar Market in Delhi and sold them to customers in Delhi-NCR by branding them as 4G handsets, along with accessories.
The police said that they received information about ‘Voice Tele Services,’ floated by Akash, the prime accused, who is on the run. He formed the company along with other partners and procured phones for Rs2,000-2,200 from Delhi.
“Akash signed a rent agreement and operated his office from the densely populated Khoda to hide his activities. He had opened a call centre with 20 telephone lines and employees were asked to dial potential customers randomly. Once lured, they would tell customers that they were offering 4G handsets priced at Rs10,000 for Rs5,000 after discount, along with a power bank and a card reader,” said Akash Tomar, superintendent of police (city).
Officials said that the ‘company’ came into existence in February and the accused sold 50-100 mobile phones per month. They also procured a service centre telephone number to which the customers were diverted whenever they complained of malfunction in the mobile phones.
“Nearly 50% of the low-cost mobile phones got defunct. Whenever the customers called them for repair, they would divert them to the service centre number that never got connected. This way, they cheated people after repacking the low-cost mobiles and passing them off as 4G mobile phones. We received complaints and our team raided their office,” Tomar said.
The accused were booked under sections of cheating and forgery, and were produced before a Ghaziabad court. As part of the modus operandi, the customers were sent mobile phones through couriers. The police are also trying to scan the bank account in which the accused received money from customers.
Following a raid, the police seized mobile phones, chargers, wireless walkie-talkies, printers, power banks, fake company seals along with other incriminating documents. A team is also trying to trace Akash Sharma, the prime accused, the police said.