MUMBAI: A man impersonated as Indian Army man and under the pretext of buying safety glasses for the Army in Galwan, duped a South Mumbai based optician to the tune of Rs one lakh last week.
The Sion police have registered a cheating case and the Cyber crime cell police are doing a parallel probe into the case.
Masjid Bunder based wholesale optician Nimit Kamdar has lodged a complaint alleging that last week he received a message from one Anand Singh who claimed to be from Indian Army. Kamdar said that he received a message from one Anand Singh who sent him a text message that he wanted to donate around 4,000 safety glasses for the military personnel posted at Galwan valley.
When Kamdar contacted Singh, he told him that there was an urgent need for these safety glasses in the wake of the border tension going on between India and China. Singh asked Kamdar to send the sample pictures of the glasses through WhatsApp. From many sample pictures, Singh selected one whose cost was around Rs 55 per glass. Singh placed an order of 4,000 glasses and the amount was costing to Rs 2.20 lakhs, said Sion police.
Singh asked Kamdar to deliver the glasses at Videsh Bhavan, ministry of external affairs c/45, BKC Bandra east. Seeing this address Kamdar was sure that the order was from the government of India and he trusted Singh.
On July 2 when Kamdar called up for the delivery of the glasses and payment, Singh asked Kamdar to give his phone pay link. Later Singh said that he had sent him Rs 2 on Kamdar’s phone pay account. Kamdar received a WhatsApp QR code. “Army checked Rs 10,000 and asked him to scan the code. No sooner did he scan, he received a message from his bank that Rs 10,000 and 30,000 had been deducted and when Kamdar asked him, Singh told that his google pay was not working and asked to give debit card details,’’ said an officer.
Singh told that he would transfer Rs 2.20 lakhs as well as 40,000 and believing him to be from Indian Army, Kamdar parted details of his debit card. Kamdar got a message that Rs 30,000 were debited from his bank account. When the complainant brought this to the notice of Singh, he said that his Rs 60,000 as security deposit is with Indian Army and if he pays another Rs 40,000 he will become an official vendor. Kamdar believed and deposited the said amount only to realise that he has been duped. “On Kamdar’s complaint we have lodged an FIR of cheating and breach of trust and are looking for the accused, ” said Lalita Gaikwad, senior inspector of Sion police station.