The Mumbai cyber cell arrested two people and dismantled a gang that deceived people under the pretext of booking hotels and villas in well-known tourist spots.
Police said the arrested defendants are identified as Akash Roop Kumar Jadhwani 21 and Avinash Roop kumar Jadhwani 26, both residents of Mumbai. “During the investigation, police discovered that the defendants were leading a false scandal by posting advertisements on villas in Lonavala, Goa and Alibaug on social media. Usually after a victim approaches them, they share attractive photos of the villa and ask for a reservation amount Once the victim has paid the amount she used to go missing, ”a police officer said.
Police said the defendants are currently targeting revelers who are planning a Christmas and New Year break. A 27-year-old plaintiff from Mumbai recently approached the BKC cyber cell and lodged a complaint that he was duped for Rs 72,000 by a fraudster. The complainant planned to book a villa in Lonavala for two days of vacation on the occasion of the New Year’s celebration.
The victim claimed that she came across a profile through a friend on a social networking site called luxury.villas.lonavala. After chatting with the friends, they selected one of the villas. They then approached the relevant person who introduced himself as Hardik, a police officer said.
Police said the woman transferred the amount to the accused and also received an email for her confirmation. “Later when she tried to reach them but they weren’t available. She approached the guard with all the details available, but they weren’t aware of any reservations. She became suspicious and approached the police to file a complaint, “said a police officer.
Cyber police located the accused from Viman Nagar in Pune. “The defendants were operating from a five star hotel. The defendants had more than 12 cases against them in the areas of Mumbai, Thane and Mira-Bhayander and Navi Mumbai. They were brought to court and taken into custody,” said a police officer.
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Posted on: Saturday January 01, 2022, 8:49 PM IST