Three young men holding degrees in business administration have been arrested by the South Delhi Police for allegedly duping people on the pretext of facilitating loans from reputed banks on easy terms.
The accused have been identified as Parmod Kumar (29), Rajbir Singh (26) and Mandhir Singh alias Maddy (24). The three ran a saloon, “Elegance”, in Vivek Vihar to avoid suspicion.
The trio allegedly used to dupe people by getting their cheque signed with temporary ink.
The fraud came to light when Arif, a resident of Palwal in Haryana, lodged a complaint with the police saying that he had been duped of over Rs.1 lakh by three young men on the false promise of providing loan from a private bank on easy terms.
The complainant had contacted the young men on a mobile number given in an advertisement in a Hindi daily and later met them at a restaurant in Yusuf Sarai. During the meeting, the young men asked Arif to provide some documents and two cheques of Rs.200 and Rs.450. The victim told the police that one of the young men had offered his own pen to fill in the cheque. A few days later, Arif learned through a text message that Rs.98,000 and Rs.7,000 had been withdrawn from his account. When he tried to contact the young men, their mobile phone was switched off.
Taking up investigation, the police found that three young men running a saloon in Vivek Vihar were involved in the cheating and arrested Parmod and Rajbir on January 19. Their accomplice, Maddy, was later arrested at their instance.
A “magic pen”, ten mobile phones, 23 SIMs, four PAN cards and debit cards of several banks have allegedly been seized.
During interrogation, the accused purportedly told the police that they would insist that the victim use their pen to fill in the cheque as its ink evaporates on heating without leaving any impression on the paper. They would then fill fresh amount and get the money transferred to their account opened against fake documents.
The police said that accused had also duped one Yash Pal of Uttar Pradesh of Rs.85,000 using the same modus operandi.
Maddy, the alleged gang leader, is a BBA. His mother is a teacher and father is a technician in the Delhi Transport Corporation. Rajbir, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, is also BBA. Parmod is a MBA. Both, Parmod and Maddy, are residents of Delhi.