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2 arrested, juvenile apprehended for cheating people through Paytm: Police

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Two men were arrested and a juvenile was apprehended for allegedly cheating people through Paytm, police said Monday.

The accused were Islamuddin alias Mustkeem (20), Wasim alias Ansar (26), both residents of district in Uttar Pradesh, and a juvenile, they added.

According to the police, on October 26, Vishesh Aggarwal, who ran a hardware shop in the Bharat Nagar area here, filed a complaint at the station regarding two fraudulent transactions from his account of Rs 12,999 and Rs 1,799 respectively, of said in a statement.

Aggarwal alleged that on October 22, he received a call from a man, who wished to buy some hardware from his shop. He asked for Aggarwal's account details and subsequently, the two fraudulent transactions took place, the DCP said.

During investigation, the police found that the accused had bought a mobile phone after transferring the money from the victim's account, the statement said.

Subsequently, it was revealed that the mobile phone was to be delivered to a person near a petrol pump at Tawadu in Mewat, said.

On October 27, the police laid a trap at Mewat and Islamuddin was nabbed while receiving the mobile phone from the delivery agent. He was arrested and the consignment was seized, the DCP said.

During interrogation, Islamuddin disclosed that he worked for Wasim, who, along with a juvenile associate, used to make calls to people and cheat them. At the instance of Islamuddin, Wasim and the juvenile were arrested from his village, added.

Wasim disclosed that he and the juvenile used to target hardware shopkeepers and gym owners and procure their phone numbers from Google, the police said.

They used to make calls posing as customers and take the Paytm details of the victims, Biswal said.

Once they got the details, they used to do through Paytm, he added.

As Paytm asks for a one-time password (OTP) for a transaction, they used to call the victims and convince them that the OTP number was required for making payments.

Seven mobile phones, eight trolley bags, three security cameras and other articles were recovered from the possession of the accused, the DCP said.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 00:20 IST