Gurgaon company owner duped by Indonesian firm
The FIR filed by the company owner said as soon as he transferred the money, the company stopped replying to his emailsgurgaon Updated: Jun 08, 2017 00:17 IST
Harish Sethi, owner of a Gurgaon company, had no clue what was in store for him when he ordered a product online and even paid for it in advance. The product never landed up at his address and the Indonesian company from which he had ordered it online seemed to have ‘vanished’.
The 45-year-old ordered two printheads online from the Indonesian company named Oeminkjetinks, read the FIR filed in the case. He made several enquiries with the company regarding the product’s quality, cost and discounts, if any. The printheads, after all, were worth US $22,00 (approx ₹1.40 lakh). Satisfied with their “prompt email responses”, Harish finally made the payment in December, 2016.
But as soon as the money was transferred, the company stopped replying.
A few days later, the company’s official website (www.oeminkjetinks.com) shut down and their email address ‘could not be found’, Sethi mentioned in the complaint.
“I am the proprietor of Misa Industrial Products, Gurgaon and we have been dealing in a wide range of products for years. I have ordered and received hundreds of products from different companies in China, Hong Kong and other countries. Ordering from this Indonesian company didn’t seem any different,” Sethi told HT.
He said that he had been interacting with Mohammed Lakumba about the product over the last few days and ordered two printheads after being assured of their quality and prompt delivery.
“Lakumba answered my questions regarding the product and as the printheads, here, were available at much cheaper rates, I ordered two from Oeminkjetinks,” Harish said.
HT has a copy of the invoice of the product, the payment confirmation and the conversations with the Indonesian company.
On realising that he was duped, Sethi contacted the Indian embassy in Indonesia and the Indonesian embassy in India, but got no relief. Both the embassies said that they couldn’t help and he should register a case with the Indonesian police, said Sethi.
Bereft of any options, he complained to the Gurgaon police in January this year.
Babulal, station house officer, New Colony police station, said the complaint was forwarded to the IT cell and cyber crime branch, which deals with online fraud, for necessary action.
“When we receive such complaints, we send it to the IT cell. The complaint is verified there and only once it is confirmed that the allegation by the complainant is genuine that we are asked to file the FIR,” the SHO said.
An FIR was finally registered on Monday against unknown persons under IPC section 420 (cheating) and 66D of the IT Act (cheating by personation by using computer resource).
The police said they were investigating the matter.
“I have nowhere to go. My money is lost,” a dejected Sethi said.