CBI arrests common man for cheating

New Delhi, Dec 16 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has taken into its custody a common man named Rajesh Kumar Singh alias Rajesh Kumar Rana for duping several innocent job seekers and prospective brides in and around Mumbai to the tune of over Rs.20 lakhs during the last two years.

The CBI had registered a case on the complaint received from the Deputy General Manager, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., Mumbai, for misusing the Company Logo of IOCL by unknown person by issuing fake appointment letter offering the post of Public Relation Officer in IOCL.

The accused induced the victim to deposit 'Bond Money' amounting to Rs.24, 600 in the bank account opened in fictitious name.

Rajesh Kumar Singh had also forwarded fake 'Appointment Letter', which contained certain leads, namely bank account number, mobile number of contact person, fake E-mail ID of IOCL.

In fact, no selection procedure had taken place.

Many young aspirants believing Rajesh Kumar Singh deposited the bond money in the bank account as per his instructions.

The other modus operandi used by Singh was that he had created attractive profiles as bridegroom in a number of matrimonial sites, like www.shadi.com etc.

He contacted the victims on the mobiles, and made them believe as if he was a genuine bridegroom and was interested in the matrimonial alliance with the girl in question. Once their confidence was gained, he would arrange a meeting at victim's place.

On the D-day, the girl or her relatives would get a call that while he was on the way to come to their residence to meet and see the girl, his car met with an accident. He also made them believe that the other party, which was involved in the accident was demanding money for the damages.

The accused Singh even made the girls' family believe that his ATM card was not functioning. Accordingly, he would give them an account number, name of the bank and name of the account holder, who he claimed to be his driver and requested them to deposit the amount.

The victims used to deposit amount ranging from Rs.50, 000 to Rs.80, 000 as per Singh's request. As soon as the money was deposited, the same was withdrawn successively in one or two installments and thereafter the accused vanished.

The SIM card, which was bought for this purpose was destroyed. So far, he had reportedly cheated 50 people and amassed amount to the tune of over Rs.20 lakhs in a span of less than two years.

During the investigation, it was disclosed that Singh had opened fictitious accounts in various banks in Hyderabad, Lucknow, Bareilly, Meerut, Saharanpur, Vasai and other places by producing fake documents.

ATM/Debit cards of almost all banks in various names, PAN Cards, SIM cards, shopping cards, motor driving licences, mobile instruments/handsets, laptop, computers, internet data cards, gold and jewellery etc. had been recovered from his possession.

The accused Rajesh Kumar Singh is in judicial custody at present. (ANI)

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