Cyber fraudsters booked for duping through online shopping website

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Dec 28: Crime Branch Jammu has booked two cyber fraudsters for duping innocent people by phishing.
A criminal case has been registered against suspects – Chandra Kumar, resident of W-1 Damcherra, Tripura and Rohminglui, resident of Upper Phinnuuan Mizoram for their involvement in hatching criminal conspiracy and tricking the complainant by phishing and duping him of his hard earned money on the pretext of providing him an 82 inches LED TV on attractive price. The complainant was lured and duped by the fraudsters through an online shopping website.
A written complaint was lodged by one Sandeep Gupta of Ram Nagar, Udhampur in Crime Branch Jammu, alleging therein that he planned to buy a product from Ali online and selected a product Samsung 70 QLED premium TV series 9 smart Ultra HD 4k with 100 percent international warranty and messaged to buy the product. He got a message to contact on a whatsapp number and the contacted person told him to buy 82 inches which was available with them at the cost of Rs 23900 and further told him to deposit the said amount in the Bank Account (UCO Bank) of the suspect so that the product would be delivered at his doorstep. The complainant deposited the amount through NEFT and he was conveyed the shipment number and courier site – viz He was told to contact the dealing person in India namely Phillip Doughty. But on the next day he was told that the product was on hold and he was to pay custom duty amounting to Rs 20, 500. Apprehending the risk of losing the previous payment of Rs.23, 900 the complainant was further induced to make another payment of Rs 20,500. But when the complainant transferred the said amount the fraudsters demanded Rs.48,500 for Indian Tax and courier charges which put the complainant into the doubt and did not transfer the said amount and instead requested them to deliver the product with cash on delivery option, to which the fraudsters did not respond. In this way the complainant was duped.
During the course of enquiry, allegations levelled by complainant have been substantiated. Accordingly, a formal case was registered in P/S Crime Branch, Jammu for in-depth investigation.