Noida: Trio that pretended to be executives of shopping portal held for duping people
Some unknown people were calling the public and introducing themselves as executives of Home Shop 18. The callers would then inform them that they had won a lucky draw and have to deposit Rs4,000 to claim their winnings. Sometimes, they would also offer schemes for shopping for more than Rs4,000.noida Updated: Jun 24, 2017 23:18 IST
Three men allegedly involved in cheating people worth lakhs of rupees on the pretext of lucky draws and other schemes on the behalf of a shopping portal were arrested by the Noida police from New Delhi on Thursday.
The three men have been identified as Rahul Singhania, 27, Rajkumar, 21, and Tejpal, 31, all residents of Delhi. The centre – Rubic Sales – was run by Rahul, a B Com graduate, for the last six months, who had employed more than 30 people to call people and offer schemes.
Superintendent of police (city), Arun Kumar Singh, said that one Ashish Vaid, on the behalf of Home Shop 18, an online portal, had filed a complaint a week ago. He had stated that people were blaming the company of committing fraud.
Vaid had also told the police that some unknown people were calling the public and introducing themselves as executives of the portal. The callers would then inform them that they had won a lucky draw and have to deposit ₹4,000 to claim their winnings. Sometimes, they would also offer schemes for shopping for more than ₹4,000.
“The accused would call those who had previously shopped at the portal. People would get calls and the callers would give details of their previous shopping sessions to gain trust. Subsequently, the customers were told that he/she has won a lucky draw and have to submit the cash through PayTM to a phone number they specified,” said Arun Kumar Singh.
Singh said that according to the shopping portal, more than 2,000 of their customers were duped in this manner.
Following the complaint, a case of cheating was registered at Sector 20 police station and the matter was forwarded to Cyber Cell Noida for investigation.
Vivek Ranjan Rai, inspector, Cyber Cell, initiated the investigation and tracked the phone number.
On Friday, Rai and his team went to Raja Garden, where their location was traced to, and arrested the three men.
The police recovered hard disks, phones, SIM cards and credit cards from the rented building.
Rai said, “Callers were employed on a salary of ₹8,000 a month and they did not know that it was a racket.”
During the investigation, it was discovered that the accused had created 35 PayTm accounts to receive money and then transferred it all to a bank account.
They told the police that a person named Raghav had provided them data of the portal’s customers, which is being probed.
“We will scan all gadgets recovered from the site, which will help us know if they had duped people pretending to be calling from any other company (besides Home Shop 18). The three were produced in court on Saturday and later sent to 14-day judicial custody,” Rai said.