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THREE,INCLUDING A FOREIGN NATIONAL, ARRESTED FOR DUPING PEOPLE IN THE NAME OF TRADE IN HERBAL PRODUCT

October 15, 2020 09:20 PM

ACCUSED HAD CONTACTED THE VICTIM ONFACEBOOK FOR TRADE IN 'NOVALDIC NUT PLANT', MAINACCUSED COLLINES, A FOREIGN NATIONAL, HAS BEE STAYING ILLEGALLY IN INDIA FOROVER FOUR YEARS,Ø ACCUSED PRETENDED TO BE AN EXECUTIVEOF A UK BASED PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY CALLED CASO PHARMACEUTICAL, THE VICTIM WAS CHEATED OF RS. 3.67LACS PROMISING TEN TIMES RETURN IN THE TRADE,Ø MORE THAN A DOZEN PERSONS CHEATED BYTHE ACCUSED PERSONS IN THE LAST ONE YEAR OF AROUND RS. 1.5 CRORES    

New Delhi (Face2News)

A complaint was received in the Cyber Crime Unit (CyPAD) that the complainant was contacted by some unknown person on Facebook whoidentified himself as an executive of a UK based pharmaceutical company called Caso Pharmaceutical. The person claimed that the said company was in need of aherbal product called 'Novaldic Nut Plant' which is grown only in the State ofMizoram in India. The alleged person further said that the rules and regulationsof the Government barred the company from purchasing the said product directlyfrom farmers and urged the complainant to purchase the product from a personand then to sell it to the company for a profit margin of more than 500 percent.

Mr. Anyesh Roy, DCP,  Cyber Crime Unit, said, the alleged person further provided the contact number of the person in Inida whowas supposed to sell the said product. The complainant was, first, urged to buya sample of the product and for that he was made to deposit Rs. 3.6 lacs in the accused's bank account. When the alleged persons started demanding more money,the victim became alert and filed a complaint. 

Accused have disclosed that so far they have cheated over a dozen people in the last one year of around Rs. 1.5 Crores, including Rs. 92 lakhs from a victim based in Gujarat. Efforts arebeing made to identify the involvement of others. 

INVESTIGATION:  On eceipt of the complaint, technical enquiry was started immediately. Themoney trail was followed thoroughly and technical analysis of the numbersinvolved was done. Technical assistance was sought from the labs of CyPAD andsoon, the location of the accused was zeroed in. A dedicated team comprising ofSI Hansraj, SI Vijender, SI Harjit, HC Neeraj Pandey and others was formed and the team soon arrested thefollowing three persons, including the mastermind : Collines r/o Abuja, Nigeria Aged 29Years,  Abrar Ahmad Ansari r/o Ghaziabad, UttarPradesh Aged 44 Years, Mayank Sharma r/o Dabri, Delhi Aged 24Years. 

INTERROGATIONAND MODUS OPERANDI

On interrogation, the main accusedCollines revealed that he had come to India in 2013 and his visa expired in2016. Since then, he has been staying inthe country illegally. He also revealed that he came in contact with the othertwo accused who used to live nearby and roped them in to dupe unsuspectingpeople on the pretext of trade in herbal products.

He and his associates contactunsuspecting people on social media and pretend to be top executives of apharmaceutical company. They further tell the victim that due to existing rulesand regulations, they need the victim's help to purchase the said product. Thevictim, in return, is promised a profit of over 500 percent. They induce thevictim to first purchase a small sample, which is sent to the victim by one oftheir associates through courier, and even buy that sample from the victim togain his/her confidence. Subsequently, the victim is made to purchase a hugeconsignment after which they stop responding.

Accused have disclosed that so far they have cheated over a dozen people in the last one year of around Rs. 1.5 Crores, including Rs. 92 lakhs from a victim based in Gujarat. Efforts arebeing made to identify the involvement of others. 

 
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