By Ahna Prakash
The arrest of a person who was duping people on the pretext of providing repair services has put the spotlight on such cases in the city.
Cyber Economic and Narcotics Crime police, northeast division, arrested a man in Gurappana Palya, on Saturday after he duped a person posing as a refrigerator mechanic.
According the police, the accused has been identified as Abdul, a 25-year-old.
A person found a toll-free number of a website for refrigerator repair. The customer spoke to Abdul who introduced himself as the authorised personnel of a leading white goods company.
The accused asked the customer to send a photo of the refrigerator. After getting the photos, the accused called the man and told him to pay Rs. 9,500 as an advance. After the payment
was done, the culprit blocked the customer’s number.
A case had been registered by the customer under section 1(c) (d) of the IT Act and section 419 and 420 of IPC on November 15.
Other residents in the city that BM spoke to told us about their brush with such fraudsters too.
Ananya, a resident of Ejipura, found a toll-free number on social media when her washing machine needed to be repaired.
“After a telephonic conversation, a person visited my house. He asked me to pay Rs 5,000 to get a new part of the machine. I don’t know about the technicalities, so I gave him the money.
He said he will be back in an hour. I waited for two hours and then called him again only to find out that the number doesn’t exist,” she said.
Ananya also filed a police complaint but the person was not caught.
In another such case, Sushant (name changed on request) said his wife had called a number available online for fridge repair.
“It was very professional. First, a receptionist picked the call and then asked us to share our address. They sent a mechanic to our home. He said that the compressor is gone and asked for Rs 15,000. After taking the money, he never came back. When we discussed this problem with our friends, we realised that it’s a very common scam,” he said.
Many are scared to even file a complaint thinking that the person knows their address and might harm them.
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