In yet another case of alleged online fraud, the Ghaziabad police have registered an FIR for cheating and criminal breach of trust against the four officials of a firm named ‘ADS’, which allegedly paid its members in lieu of clicking ‘likes’ to online links they offered.
The police have filed an FIR against four officials — Sandeep Garg, Shishu Pal, Lokesh and Pintu — who ran the firm’s office at Raj Nagar District Centre. The FIR was lodged on March 2 following a complaint filed by Nawazish Hussain, a Delhi resident.
“We have started an investigation into the case and are also on lookout of the four persons named in the FIR. Our officials visited their office at RDC, Raj Nagar but it was found locked. A search is on for the accused,” Manish Mishra, circle officer (city), said.
The complainant alleged that the firm offered Rs 504 a day for clicking ‘like’ to certain online links sent to registered members. But, they stopped sending the money after some time, he said.
“The members were given log-in ids and passwords and were registered after paying Rs 55,200. We were told have other members registered within 15-20 days. I registered myself and later my family members, too, joined. Initially, we received money in our accounts but the amounts stopped coming in after the first week of February,” Nawazish said.
“We went to the RDC office at Raj Nagar, but it was found locked. Finally, I had to file an FIR with Ghaziabad police. All the mobile phones of the firm’s officials are switched off and I am not being able to get in touch with them. Their mode of operation was the same as another firm being probed for a scam in Noida,” he added.
When HT tried to contact the four persons in connection with the FIR filed, their mobile phones were found switched off. A copy of the FIR is available with HT.
In a similar modus operandi, Anubhav Mittal’s firm, Ablaze Info Solutions, had also come under scanner for allegedly running a Ponzi scam in Noida. Ablaze offered its members money for clicking ‘Likes’ to certain online links and told them to add other members.
A special investigating team is probing the Noida scam while three top officials of Ablaze — Anubhav Mittal, Sreedhar Prasad and Mukesh Kumar — were arrested by the UP special task force on February 2.
The complainant in the Ghaziabad case said that the firm at RDC, Raj Nagar suspended operation after the Ablaze Info incident came to light.