Vadodara: The urge to flaunt branded clothes and eating at costly restaurants led a 21-year-old and his firned to cheat nearly two dozen Barodians using cyber crime.
The cyber-crime police station arrested the fraudster Mohammed Asif from Alwar in Rajasthan. His partner in crime Mausam Kumuddin Khan is yet to be arrested.

Mohammed, who has studied till class X, was named by Bhavin Vasani, a sales officer of a paint company, in the complaint lodged with cyber-crime police station on February 21.

Vasani, who wanted to purchase a used car from the online resale portal OLX in October last year, had transferred Rs 21,000 in different amounts to Asif through mobile wallet application PayTM. During negotiations, Asif had identified himself as Tidabhai Bambhva and had asked for money from Vasani by making different excuses. However, Vasani realized that he had been cheated when he went to the address which was given by Asif and he did not find anyone with the name of Bambhva.

Police tracked down Asif’s PayTM number to Alwar and a team of cyber-crime police station was sent to arrest him. On the basis of technical sources and information, cops nabbed Mohammed and brought him to city.

During questioning, Asif told police that he used the money for purchasing clothes from fashion websites and applications as well as at some lavish restaurants. Police said that since he did not have cash, he used to pay money through PayTM wallet. It was after making one of these transactions that he was nabbed.

Interestingly, Asif’s family members had no idea that he had been cheating people through online scam. “The accused’s father told us that he used to be on phone all the time, but they had no idea what he was doing,” said a police official.

On Monday, the court of chief judicial magistrate sent him to police custody till Wednesday for further investigation.

“We had received applications from at least 20 victims who were cheated by Asif in similar way and there could be more people from the other parts of the state too who could have been conned,” sub-inspector A R Gohil of cyber-crime police station.

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