Mumbai crime: Telemarketers held for cheating man of Rs 21 lakh

He was a client of the insurance company the two work for; duo convinced him to pay for a policy that would give him high returns

Two telemarketers were arrested on Monday for cheating a person of Rs 21 lakh. The accused gathered information from the insurance firm where they worked, and called some of the customers. They assured them huge returns through policies and took several lakh rupees from them.

The duo’s accomplice has also been arrested by Dongri police, who say the trio has cheated about 10 people. Senior Inspector S Dal, of Dongri police station, said, “We have arrested Amit Ray, (28), Tejbahadur Singh, (32), and Parvez Mukadam, (21) on the basis of a complaint given by Roshan Ali, a resident of Dongri.

They have been charged under sections 420, 120B and 34 of IPC. They were produced in court and were remanded in police custody till April 4.” Additional Commissioner of Police (South Region) Krishna Prakash said, “Such crimes are on the rise. No-one should provide their details or send money without proper verification.

People who have been cheated similarly should approach Dongri police.” According to API Arun Thorat, of Dongri police station, Ray and Singh work as telemarketers for a private insurance firm. They were in personal debt of over R15 lakh. So the duo planned to cheat people to pay their debtors.

They put up an office in Navi Mumbai and hired the third accused, Mukadam, who spoke to people and had good convincing skills. Three months ago, they called Ali and convinced him to buy a policy, claiming it would fetch lakhs as returns. In three installments, Ali paid R21 lakh through online transfers, selling his wife’s ornaments and car to pay the amount.

When the accused stopped responding to his calls, Ali approached Dongri police. API Thorat said, “The accused used wireless landline phones; therefore, tracing them was very difficult. We got a tip-off and, on Monday night, arrested all three men.”

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