A 25-year-old man has been arrested by the Delhi Police from Thane, Maharashtra, for defrauding people by posing as an Ola electric scooter dealer. The accused, identified as Rajendra Sharma Panda, hailing from Dombivali East in Thane, created fake advertisements on Google, duping unsuspecting people.
According to the complainant, he was searching for an electric scooter on Google and came across an advertisement that seemed genuine. The advertisement was for an “Ola electric scooter dealer” by the name of ‘Raghav Sharma’. The complainant contacted the number provided in the advertisement, and the alleged person demanded a payment of Rs 499 towards the booking of the Ola electric scooter.
Unfortunately, the complainant fell victim to the fraudster’s trap and paid the demanded amount. The fraudster demanded an additional sum of Rs 80,999 for delivering the Ola electric scooter within a week, which was again paid by the complainant. However, things soon became suspicious after the complainant demanded a receipt for the payment and demanded an additional Rs 20,000. Subsequently, the phone number of the accused was switched off.
In the investigation based on the FIR, it was found that the accused transferred Rs 80,999 to an HDFC bank and some more amount was transferred from the stated bank account to GP Parsik bank, and this amount was later withdrawn from an ATM. The bank accounts were registered in Panda’s name, but the accused was no longer living at the registered addresses given to the bank. Through the accused’s call records, it was found that he was living in Dombivali East. Later he was arrested by the police, and he admitted to the crime.
This case highlights the growing menace of fake advertisements on trusted platforms like Google. These advertisements pose a significant threat to the public, and it is essential to have better solutions to address such issues. Companies like Google must take the responsibility of ensuring that the advertisements they publish on their platform are genuine and authentic.
In conclusion, it is crucial for everyone to be vigilant while dealing with online advertisements and to ensure that the source is reliable. It is also important for the authorities to take swift action against fraudsters and to create awareness about the dangers of fake advertisements. With collective efforts, we can prevent such incidents from happening and make the internet a safer place.
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