24-year-old dupes IAF officer of Rs 75,000 on e-commerce website

The arrested and his associates created fake IDs of army personnel and duped people on e-commerce websites

24-year-old dupes IAF officer of Rs 75,000 on e-commerce website

New Delhi, May 23

An Indian Air Force officer has been duped of Rs 75,000 by a 24-year-old, who posed as a CISF constable and promised to buy a piece of old furniture from him on an e-commerce website, the police said on Saturday.

The accused, Ajruddin, a resident of Mewat district, Haryana, has been arrested.

The Air Force officer told the police that the accused reached out to him on an e-commerce website posing as a CISF constable Sahil. He agreed to buy the furniture but expressed inability to make the payment or collect the item in person as he was in a remote area of Rajasthan.

Ajruddin said he could make the payment online, through UPI, a police official said.

“The complainant (IAF officer) gave the number of his sister-in-law. The accused sent a UPI link for payment, but instead of money being credited, it was debited from her account on multiple occasions,” Anyesh Roy, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber), said.

The police took the help of technical experts to investigate the case and arrested Ajruddin and his associates from near Nuh bus stop, Mewat, earlier this week, the DCP said.

Ajruddin told the police he and his associates would create fake IDs of the Army and paramilitary personnel on e-commerce platforms after downloading their photographs from their social media profiles and would dupe people on e-commerce websites.

The DCP said the UPI link generated by them was not meant for crediting money but for debiting money for their potential victims’ bank accounts.

The police said the accused would keep debiting money from bank accounts on one of the other pretext, adding efforts were on to arrest other members of the gang. PTI

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