In the recent news, a man names Sabhyasachi Mistry from Kolkata has been arrested. This arrest was done by the Cyber police of the Bandra-Kurla Complex. The charges? Simple. He cheated a college student and robbed him of 34,000 bucks. The incident gained its roots when the same man, posted a fake advertisement of an iPhone 6s which he was selling for 40,000. The advertisement was on the free classifieds page, and it is also worth knowing, that the market price of the same was almost double.
Akshay Avsare, the college student from Mumbai, ordered the iPhone by making the payment online. He received his parcel on the 18th of April. The shocking part was that the box did not contain an iPhone but four papers which were cut in order to gain the shape of a cellphone.
It took the cyber police 11 months to solve this particular case. At the end, they found Mistry in Kestopur and had him under arrest. They got the target’s details just in case, and also the details of the fake account, bank, and the place from where the money was withdrawn.
A police officer said:
“Several debit cards of various banks and many SIM cards have been seized from Mistry. He used various accounts to get money from victims. He placed fake advertisements and duped people. He used to tell people to make an online payment and provide a bank account to transfer the amount, to get the product delivered.”
And here is what Akshay, the one who was victim had to say:
“I ordered for an iPhone 6s when I came across the advertisement for Rs 40,000. When I called the person who posted the advertisement, he provided me with his bank account details and told me to pay Rs 34,000. I deposited the money in my friend’s account using National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT).”
The police have also got hold of many fake documents which Mistry used. He had more than a dozen bank accounts, just for cheating other people. According to the official statement of an officer:
“Mistry used new bank accounts and SIMs for each fraud. He took precautions to avoid detection.”
So next time onwards folks, be safe and do not fall into such traps. It is not always that the police can catch the fraudster, hence better safe than sorry!