Fraudster posing as EV manager dupes man of Rs 02.63 mn, arrested
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Fraudster posing as EV manager dupes man of Rs 02.63 mn, arrested

A man was allegedly swindled out of Rs 02.63 million by a fraudster who posed as the manager of an electric scooter company, claiming to offer EVs at a reasonable price. The victim, seeking to purchase electric vehicles for a private hospital, received fake quotations from the fraudster. The 35-year-old accused was apprehended in Dhanbad, Jharkhand.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Ankit Singh stated that a cyber complaint was lodged at the Dwarka cyber police station. The complainant had been searching online for electric scooters and bikes for hospital use. The fraudster contacted him and provided a fake initial quotation for electric bikes and scooters, totalling Rs 01.18 million.

The complainant agreed to buy eight electric bikes and scooters, making payments totaling Rs 02.63 million, including a booking amount and additional fees, to an account provided by the fraudster, Summy Kumar Agnihotry. However, the fraudster later switched off his mobile phone, leading the complainant to realise he had fallen victim to a cyber scam.

Police issued non-bailable warrants against Agnihotry on July 3 and subsequently arrested him in Dhanbad. Despite the arrest, the money has not yet been recovered. The DCP mentioned that Agnihotry used to sell bank accounts for a 20 to 30 per cent commission and is a member of a larger gang. Efforts are ongoing to apprehend the other gang members in Dhanbad.

A man was allegedly swindled out of Rs 02.63 million by a fraudster who posed as the manager of an electric scooter company, claiming to offer EVs at a reasonable price. The victim, seeking to purchase electric vehicles for a private hospital, received fake quotations from the fraudster. The 35-year-old accused was apprehended in Dhanbad, Jharkhand. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Ankit Singh stated that a cyber complaint was lodged at the Dwarka cyber police station. The complainant had been searching online for electric scooters and bikes for hospital use. The fraudster contacted him and provided a fake initial quotation for electric bikes and scooters, totalling Rs 01.18 million. The complainant agreed to buy eight electric bikes and scooters, making payments totaling Rs 02.63 million, including a booking amount and additional fees, to an account provided by the fraudster, Summy Kumar Agnihotry. However, the fraudster later switched off his mobile phone, leading the complainant to realise he had fallen victim to a cyber scam. Police issued non-bailable warrants against Agnihotry on July 3 and subsequently arrested him in Dhanbad. Despite the arrest, the money has not yet been recovered. The DCP mentioned that Agnihotry used to sell bank accounts for a 20 to 30 per cent commission and is a member of a larger gang. Efforts are ongoing to apprehend the other gang members in Dhanbad.

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