Noida: Police arrested a gang of four persons on Wednesday, who cheated around 7 lakhs from people by posting fake ads for properties on popular housing websites. The gang has cheated around 9 people since January 12.
The accused are Anil Chauhan, a resident of Gautam Buddh Nagar, and Amitesh Mishra, Mrityunjay Chaubey, Pushpendra, natives of Bihar and Mainpuri district of Uttar Pradesh. Police have recovered one ATM card, seven Aadhar cards, one passbook, and Rs 4.20 lakh in cash from them.
“A senior police officer said that the accused were living in rented accommodations in various parts of Noida.”
Additional deputy commissioner of Noida police, Ashutosh Dwivedi, said that the gang was posting fake ads for properties on popular housing websites.
On January 30, a Noida resident alleged that he was cheated of Rs 79,000. The complainant was looking for a property on rent online and got in touch with the accused through a contact number. They showed him a flat in Sector 46 and completed all formalities, and asked him to pay an advance brokerage of Rs 79,000. On moving into the property, he found out that the flat belonged to someone else.
Under sections of cheating and forgery of the IPC, an FIR was registered.
The ADCP added that during interrogation, police found that the accused posed as fake owners of flats/commercial properties. When a customer searched for a property, a message was sent from the gang’s mobile number. One of the gang members would then contact the customer and share property details. They would fix the time and ask the customer to visit the location.
They would ask for RO transfer of Rs 2,000 as an agreement after fixing the time and property visit.
the officer added that they would provide the customer with a fake copy of the agreement and ask them to transfer three to six months’ advance payment. They would distribute the money among the gang. They have duped nine people of over Rs 7 lakh since January 12. This information was revealed from just one bank account. The details of other bank accounts are also being checked.
The suspects were summoned to court and sent to judicial custody on Wednesday.