Two directors of e-portal held for cheating in ‘Amaze’ way

Hyderabad: Rachakonda Cyber Crime Police arrested two Directors of e-commerce portal for cheating a senior zonal sales manager of a reputed company of Rs. 5,11,899, promising him delivery of a ‘Honda Amaze’ car which he was stated, by the accused, to have won in a lucky draw for his previous purchase from their portal. 

The arrested were identified as Amit Biduri (29) of Okhla, New Delhi, and  Chandra Shaker Upadhyaya (42), of Noida Sector-49, Uttar Pradesh; from Okhla Industrial Area, New Delhi.

In the second week of August 2016, the victim purchased an item worth Rs.2,000 online from with the registration on the name of M/s. HYL Marketing Pvt. Ltd., Okhla. The items were delivered after one week and immediately on the receipt of the parcel, he received an e-mail from  that he won a ‘Honda Amaze’ car for doing online shopping from his website.  For that, they asked him to pay only for the registration and delivery charges for receiving the car. 

Believing it to be true, initially, the victim paid Rs. 2499 on August 23,. 2016. After that, the accused through lady tele-callers made him to transfer money for charges like insurance, handling charges, facilitation fee, etc. Likewise, the victim has paid Rs.3,18,899 till December 2016.  When the accused continuously asked the victim to deposit the money for claiming the car, the later asked them to return the money he paid. 

From first week of January 2017, the victim started receiving calls from new numbers claiming to be calling on behalf of the accused and asked him to pay money for legal process charges for the return of the money he already paid. Trusting their words and because of constant persuasion through phone calls, he further paid Rs.1,93,000 for claiming the previously paid sum. Totally, he paid Rs.5,11,899. Ultimately, he realized that he was cheated and lodged a complaint at Cyber Cell, Rachakonda Commissionerate.

After gathering information about the accused operating from a new location in Okhla Industrial Area, a police team went to New Delhi and apprehended two Directors of and brought them to Hyderabad on ‘transit remand’ and are remanded in judicial custody.

Ironically, the victim even after lodging the complaint at Cyber Cell, paid Rs.41,700 in two spells as the tele-callers persuaded him to do that as final steps for return of the money to him.

The police have advised the public to place online orders with trusted e-commerce portals and not to remit money to the bank accounts shared by the tele-callers. Under no circumstances the customers should disclose their card details over phone for items purchased, as there is every possibility of misuse of such details. People are suggested not to fall prey to false claims of winning of prizes in lucky draws. -NSS

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