Pune: A 36-year-old HR director was duped of Rs 7 lakh by a man impersonating a customs department officer, under the pretext of selling a Hayabusa sports bike through OLX.
Based on a complaint from the director on Saturday, an FIR has been registered with Yerawada police station against one Gautam.
According to police, the complainant wanted to purchase a bike and while searching on OLX website, he came across an advertisement of Suzuki Hayabusa for Rs 9.5 lakh on December 8. A man from Mumbai had put the bike up for sale.
“After I responded, the man, identifying himself as Gautam, gave me his mobile number. Accordingly, I contacted him on December 15. When I asked about the low price (as the actual price is about Rs 15 lakh), Gautam told me that he is an officer with the Customs department and the bike is in the godown of the department, hence the low price. I told him that my budget is only Rs 7 lakh. He asked for one day's time. When I contacted him on the next day, he showed his willingness to sell the bike for Rs 7 lakh and asked me to deposit 10 per cent of the amount in the Central Bank of India account of Aman Kumar. He told me that I will be given entry in the godown with the receipt. I was told that the amount will be refunded if I didn't like the bike,” stated the complainant, a resident of Fulenagar in Yerawada.
He paid Rs 95,000 in the bank's Delhi branch through RTGS and went to Mumbai with the receipt on Thursday. “When I reached the Customs department office in Fort, Mumbai, I called Gautam. He asked me to transfer the remaining amount and said he will send someone else to meet me as he was out of office. I transferred Rs 5.5 lakh in two accounts of ICICI Bank branch in Delhi. After that Gautam did not receive my calls.
Eventually, a woman received the call, saying Gautam sir had gone to the airport warehouse and that my work couldn't be done that day and asked me to come the next day. Later, Gautam received my call and asked me to meet him at 10 am at Mumbai airport. I went to the airport the next day but his phone was switched off and I realised he was cheating me,” the complainant told police.
A police officer from Yerawada police station said, “We have registered a case for offences under IPC and IT Act. Further investigation is going on.”