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Youth arrested for e-commerce fraud

Phanindra Pradhan

Sambalpur, March 26: Sambalpur police arrested a 23-year-old youth from Faridabad in Haryana for his involvement in an e-commerce fraud case and duping a businessman of Sambalpur city of Rs 28 lakh by promising to supply face masks.

The accused has been identified as Jatin Sehgal of Jain Nagar in Rohini area of New Delhi. Jatin duped the businessman Manoj Kumar Barado (36) of Sunapali under Dhanupali police limits in Sambalpur city. The matter came to light after Manoj lodged a complaint in Sambalpur Cyber police station about the e-commerce fraud on June 16, 2020.

Addressing media here on Friday, Inspector General of Police (Northern Range), Narasingha Bhola said this is an e-commerce fraud case. In this case, the accused, who has studied upto Class IX, had put an advertisement in Facebook by opening a fake Facebook profile. The accused had claimed to run a company, LED Rental having its office at Gurgaon in Haryana and dealing with 3M mask products. The accused had given a false office address and a contact number on the Facebook profile. The victim came in contact with the accused and expressed his interest to buy face mask in bulk quantity. Initially, the victim deposited Rs 3 lakh in an account provided by the accused. However, with an intention to extract more money from the victim, the accused prepared a false invoice of a courier company, DHL Express, which built confidence in the mind of the victim that the accused would supply face masks from a firm in Malaysia through intermediary firms in Oman, Dubai and Muscat. Believing the accused, the victim further deposited Rs 25 lakh through PhonePe account and other accounts provided by the accused for an order of 11,500 face masks. After getting the money, the accused switched off his mobile phone and the victim failed to contact him. Subsequently, the victim lodged a complaint with the Sambalpur Cyber police station, he said.

Bhola said, a special team was formed to detect the case. The team camped in Delhi, Ghaziabad, Faridabad for a week and was able to apprehend the accused Jatin Sehgal on March 23.

Police have seized mobile phones, more than 10 SIM cards, ATM cards of different banks and cash amounting Rs 10 lakh from the accused. During the course of investigation, two bank accounts of the accused have been frozen. Further investigation into the matter is on. 

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