Swindlers pose as Army men online, dupe people

In October 2018, a Bengalurean, Mohan Pandey (name changed), saw an advertisement for a used scooter on an online classified platform. It was coming cheap — at Rs 20,000 — and the person who had posted it, under the name of Shivakumar, claimed to be from the Indian Army. 

Mohan got in touch with Shivakumar, who told him he wanted to sell the scooter as soon as possible as he was being transferred out of Karnataka. Shivakumar also sent Mohan a picture of his ‘ID card’ showing him as a sepoy of the Army. 

Convinced by Shivakumar’s picture in uniform, Mohan agreed to buy the scooter by paying the amount online even without checking the vehicle’s documents. 

Later, Shivakumar demanded Rs 64,000 from Mohan as “security deposit,” assured him the balance amount would be returned after the sale. Mohan agreed to this as well. When he went to collect the scooter on November 3, Shivakumar’s phone was switched off. He was told by the police at the airport that he had been duped. He turned to the cyber crime police station for help. ..Read More..

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