Man arrested for duping over 2,500 people by offering phone on EMI
new delhi: A 32-year-old man was arrested from Ghaziabad for allegedly duping over 2,500 people on the pretext of getting them mobile phones on EMI through fake websites, police said on Wednesday.
Accused Jitender Singh disclosed to the police that he along with his associates — Praveen Kumar and Rajat Shukla — indulged in defrauding people by offering them to provide mobile phones on easy monthly installments. However, after taking a small amount as down payment from them, they would vanish, police said, adding Singh confessed to have duped over 2,500 people across the country this way. The police said that efforts are being made to trace Singh's associates Kumar and Shukla.
The matter came to notice when a probe was initiated on January 9 on the complaint of one Irfan Pathan, who alleged that in December last year, he wanted to buy a mobile phone and came across a website — www.mobilityworld.in — which offered them on EMIs at cheap rates, the police said.
In order to make a purchase, he was asked to deposit Rs 1,499 by Virtual Private Address (VPA) ''paymobile@upi''. He was then contacted by the executives of the website who asked him to deposit further money for getting the mobile phone delivered.
He deposited Rs. 5,998 in three transactions on VPA provided by the executive of the website. But he neither got any mobile phone nor did they return his the money, according to the complainant. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast) RP Meena said that during the course of the investigation, call details of the mobile numbers mentioned on the website and those provided by the complainant were obtained.