The cyber crime wing of Kancheepuram District Police succeeded in putting a trickster behind the bars in spite of the latter discarding SIM cards after committing the crime.
According to police, the crime branch recently received a complaint from Sundarraman of Urapakkam, an entrepreneur engaged in the business of selling electronic gadgets through a website, stating that one of his customers had cheated him by issuing a fake demand draft.
He said that after going through the sale offer publicised on the web by him, Murali from Mogappair in Chennai contacted him over mobile during the first week of September 2011 and expressed his willingness to purchase a laptop worth Rs. 55,000.
He asked Sundarraman whether the payment could be made in the form of a demand draft.
When Sundarraman agreed, Murali said he would hand over the draft to him at Urapakkam railway station.
However, the day after he collected the draft, Sundarraman got a call from Murali who asked him not to submit it for encashment because it was fake.
Sundarraman then tried to contact Murali several times but in vain.
Sundarraman subsequently presented the DD for encashment but it was dishonoured. He sought the help of local police who directed him to lodge a complaint with the district crime branch.
In the meantime, crime branch personnel came to know that an entrepreneur, who was also engaged in marketing of electronic gadgets through a website, was cheated in a similar fashion.
The crime branch decided to seek the help of cyber crime wing, which proved successful. Murali was arrested on February 19 and remanded to 15-day judicial custody.
Preliminary inquiries revealed that Murali, an electrical and electronics engineering graduate, cheated advertisers by issuing fake demand drafts.