Hyderabad: The Hyderabad cyber crime police on Tuesday arrested three men in a Rs. 9 lakh fraud case. They had cheated a Secunderabad man on the pretext of providing loans from Bajaj Finance Ltd.

The three have been identified as Vijay Dhawan (27), Kapil Tagore (28), and Abhay Verma (20). All are residents of Delhi. Eight mobile phones, 24 debit/credit cards of different banks, and Rs. 2 lakhs cash was seized from them along with passbooks and cheque books of various banks.

On 17 June, the police received a complaint from a resident of Tadbund, Secunderabad, who said he had been cheated by the three men who had promised to provide a personal loan from Bajaj Finance Ltd. The complainant had transferred Rs. 9,44,351 to the fraudsters. When they started pressuring him to transfer more money, he realized that he had been cheated and approached the police.

The police found that Vijay Dhawan, who is from Punjab, had earlier worked in a call centre where the management used to encourage telecallers to cheat innocent people in the name of providing loans. He had lost his job due to the lockdown and hatched a plan to cheat people to make money.

With the help of Kapil Tagore and Abhay Verma, he started calling people and succeeded in collecting large amounts in the name of loan processing charges. In this way, they contacted Anil Kumar and posed as officials from the loan department of Bajaj Finance Ltd. They asked him to deposit some money as loan processing charges and other charges and collected Rs. 9.5 lakhs from the man.

The police have warned people against transferring money to online fraudsters who promise to provide loans at very low interest rates.

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