In a recent development, a 19-year-old individual from Rajasthan has been apprehended by the Delhi Police for defrauding people through false promises of high returns on cryptocurrency investments. According to an official statement released on Friday, the teenager, identified as Narendra Choudhary, was involved in fraudulent activities in collaboration with an absconding minor. The scammer’s method involved reaching out to potential victims via popular messaging platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram.
Accused Operates Mobile Phone Repair Shop
Sources have revealed that Choudhary operates a mobile phone repair and accessories shop. The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Sagar Singh Kalsi, stated that the cyber police wing received a complaint from the aggrieved party, Pankaj Verma. Verma claimed to have joined a Telegram group called ‘Nifty Prediction Telegram Channel’, where he was introduced to the prospects of high returns through cryptocurrency investments, particularly Bitcoin, marketing, and mutual funds.
Victim Transferred Funds Based on Scammer’s Instructions
Within the Telegram group, Verma contacted a mobile phone number provided for those interested in investing. He began receiving messages via WhatsApp from an individual named Bonesh Meena, who claimed to facilitate the investment process. Meena instructed Verma to transfer Rs 10,000 to a specified UPI ID, which Verma complied with. However, the scam didn’t end there.
Subsequent Requests for Payment and Absence of Returns
Meena requested an additional Rs 6,000 as GST for a month and provided a different UPI ID for the payment. Trusting the instructions, Verma made the payment via Paytm as instructed. Meena then demanded Rs 12,000 as a commission, which Verma transferred as software withdrawal charges. Additionally, Verma sent Rs 2,000 as a commission and was promised returns on the same day. However, Verma did not receive any returns despite making payments totaling Rs 44,000.
Investigation and Arrest
During the investigation, the police conducted continuous surveillance on the suspect mobile numbers, leading them to the village of Kundera near Sawai Madhopur. They discovered that the Paytm account receiving the funds belonged to Choudhary. Acting on this information, the police carried out a raid and successfully arrested Choudhary from his village. Interrogation revealed that Choudhary operated in collaboration with the juvenile accomplice, defrauding unsuspecting victims by enticing them with high returns on cryptocurrency investments.
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