Srinagar: Cyber Police Kashmir on Tuesday claimed to have arrested a Srinagar-based notorious conman involved in dozens of cases related to online cheating from New Delhi.
A team of Cyber Police Kashmir apprehended Haroon Fayaz Bazaz, resident of Alamgari Bazar, Srinagar from New Delhi, a police statement said here.
The accused had duped dozens of people on the pretext of selling online clothes and cheap airline tickets and was mainly operating from Delhi and Goa.
The Cyber Police Kashmir took action on a complaint from one Ishfaq Ahmad, resident of Bandipora, stating that on September 25, 2021, he saw a post uploaded by a social media user on Facebook page ‘Craft Core Exports,’ dealing with winter clothes collection.
He contacted the said Facebook user on his given mobile number, who introduced himself as wholesale dealer of clothes, presently running a shop in the name of Haroon Bazaz & Co, located at 8/21 Jangpura Extension, South Delhi.
The complainant ordered some clothes and electronic items online from him, for which he transferred an amount of Rs 3,61,000 into the accused’s bank account. After that, the said Facebook user switched off his phone.
Later on, the complainant came to know that the said Facebook user was a notorious cheater /fraudster, who impersonated himself as a businessman via social media platforms for the purpose of defrauding innocent people of their hard-earned money.
On the receipt of this information, a case under relevant sections of law was registered and investigation taken up.
During investigation, this Police Station came to know from different sources and various media channels that this online fraudster has not only duped the complainant, but also dozens of other innocent people in Kashmir valley on the pretext of cheap airline ticket fraud.
The Modus Operandi of the accused was to create fake Social Media profiles to impersonate authentic travel agencies and then post advertisements for cheap air tickets with best offers.
People often, in an urgency to travel by Air, search low price travel tickets on social media sites and upon click-baiting to the accused’s site, they would get trapped in this fraud. Gullible customers shared personal details and make online payments to the fraudster’s bank account.
After paying money online, the said fraudster would not provide tickets to customers and when customers called him, his mobile number would be switched off siphoning off the money of gullible citizens.
Almost a dozen complaints of such nature were received from different persons and accordingly, another case under relevant sections was registered by Police Station Cyber.
Strenuous efforts were made to arrest the accused, however, the accused deftly evaded arrest by frequently changing his locations. Utilising technical expertise and investigative acumen of the Cyber Police team, the accused was found to be in New Delhi.
Keeping in view the sensitivity and nature of offences committed by the accused, on the directions of Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Zone, Srinagar a special team of Cyber Police Kashmir was deputed to New Delhi and with assistance of Delhi Police, the accused was arrested from Paharganj area of New Delhi, the statement added.