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Three arrested for duping over 1,000 people across India

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Three men were arrested for allegedly more than 1,000 people across to the tune of over Rs 1.5 crore on the pretext of installing towers of a reputed mobile company, police said on Wednesday.

The accused have been identified as (28), (29) and (26).

Police said the trio cheated victims through a fake website. Sanjay used some of the amount cheated from the victims to start his own cloud company - - they said.

At least 200 persons accepted that they were duped by the accused when the police approached them.

Lokendra Kumar, one of the victim and a resident of in his complaint said he had seen a website on the internet which talked about installing a mobile tower, Anto Alphonse, of Police (Dwarka) said.

After contacting the mobile number given on the website and filling the form for tower installation, he received a mail containing the 'approval letter for tower installation, police said.

The trio then started demanding Rs 14,413 in the name of security money from Kumar, who deposited the amount in the account number of provided by them, the DCP said.

After depositing the amount, Kumar received message from his which said the money was transferred in the account of Kumar bacame suspicious asked the trio to return his money which the accused refused.

During investigation, Cyber Cell of the obtained the registrant details, IP Logs and mode of payment of the alleged website and analyzed them.

After analysing the account statement of and the police found frequent deposit and withdrawal of money and that the was opened giving a fake address.

Based on a tip off, the officials raided different areas in and and the three accused were arrested, the DCP said.

During interrogation, Sanjay who is the mastermind of this racket disclosed that he wanted to start his own company for which he required Rs 20 lakhs.

He then created the fake website and took virtual numbers for it while also preparing the list of queries which can be asked by customers.

Thereafter, he hired a and recorded the answers in his voice.

Sanjay, who holds an IT was working in a company between 2011-14. He also worked in another reputed Indian service and consulting company from 2015 to 2017, he said.

Five mobile phones, nine sim cards and 12 cards of different banks which were used to cheat people, account opening kits and cheque books were also recovered, police added.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 20:10 IST