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Conmen arrested from Delhi have duped at least 100

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
By Eshan Kalyanikar

The Matunga police arrested five people from Delhi last Wednesday, within a week of an online fraud case being filed against them. The complainant was a senior citizen who was tricked into transferring Rs 93,59,792 into 16 different fake bank accounts. The gang carried out all the operations from Delhi and have duped at least 100 people from Maharashtra.

“The gang used a fake name 'Aman Mathur' and assured people that they will give them a loan from Reliance Capital,” said D.C.P. N Ambika. According to her, the gang gained the confidence of people in need of financial assistance by constantly calling and emailing them. The gang extracted heavy amounts from people under various mutual fund schemes, fixed deposits and loans. The D.C.P. further stated, “Up till now, it seems that the mobile numbers were picked up randomly.”

The fact that fake bank accounts were used puts the credibility of banks in the country at risk. “There were 16 banks that were used to open fake accounts. Some of them are Axis Bank, HDFC and Bank of Baroda,” said an official.

When asked how it was possible to create a fake bank account, the D.C.P. said, “The investigation is on and we will find more facts concerning the matter.”

The five arrested have been identified as Rajendra Singh (34),  Sschin Sirohi (28), Anupkumar Agrahari (25), Vikrant Singh (26) and Prashant Chaudhry (25). Rajendra Singh is the leader of the gang and is believed to be using the alias Aman Mathur to trick people. The gang has been in operation since December 2015 and the ambit of their various crimes is still under investigation.

The Delhi-based gang kept duping people under the name of Reliance Capital, telling them that they would help them in procuring loans, help them with mutual fund investments, and to open a FD in Reliance Capital and to open a current account in Reliance Capital. The gang went to the extent of demanding a processing fee and got people to transfer the money into different fake bank accounts being operated by them.

The five accused have been booked under Sections 419, 420 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code and 66 (C), (D) of the I.T. Act, 2000. The accused will be in Police Custody till  June 16 and have already admitted to conning at least 100 people from Maharashtra, mainly from Mumbai, Nashik and Pune.

The Matunga police has requested the public to be aware of such con artists and to refrain from giving out any personnel details without verification. “Our request to the citizens is to not fall prey to any such cons. To verify the person's identity and to contact the police immediately if anyone uses the alias Aman Mathur and Reliance Capital,” said the D.C.P.

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