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Mumbai: PG duped by landlord’s son of Rs 5 lakh using her own mobile phone

Updated on: 10 January,2024 05:04 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Samiullah Khan |

The landlord’s son scammed a paying guest for a betting app, subsequently destroying her cellular device in the aftermath

Mumbai: PG duped by landlord’s son of Rs 5 lakh using her own mobile phone

Mustafa Kejarhussain Shahjahanpurwala, the accused

In a deceptive incident, a landlord’s son duped a paying guest by transferring Rs 5.24 lakh through a mobile banking application. Subsequently, he submerged the mobile phone in water, damaging its display. Upon repairing the phone, the paying guest discovered that the money was missing from her account, prompting her to file a complaint. The Oshiwara police initiated an investigation and were able to trace the accused, identified as Mustafa Kejarhussain Shahjahanpurwala, 25, who turned out to be the son of the victim’s landlord.

During the interrogation, it was revealed that Shahjahanpurwala had engaged in online betting and lost the amount by transferring it from the victim’s account using her mobile banking apps. The victim, hailing from Madhya Pradesh and working on a private farm, had been residing as a paying guest in Pakiza Heights Kantinagar, Bahram Baug, Jogeshwari, for a couple of months (at Shahjahanpurwala’s mother’s home).

On October 23, the victim, who was planning to go to her native village, discovered that Rs 10,000 in cash and a gold ring were missing from her bag. She also found her phone’s charging port damaged and had it repaired at a mobile repair shop. Upon switching on the phone, she discovered multiple text messages indicating that someone had cleared her account through online transactions.

She approached the Oshiwara police station, where she complained. Under the guidance of DCP Krishnakant Upadhya, Zone 9, and Senior Inspector Mohan Patil, cyber officer PSI Sharad Devre initiated the investigation. The police team checked the bank statements and traced the bank accounts to which the amount was transferred.

They identified two bank accounts and discovered that the victim’s amount was initially transferred to an account in Ujjain and then from that account to various other accounts. An amount of Rs 1.95 lakh was transferred to a car dealer’s account, and upon interrogation, it was revealed that the amount was payment from one of the car dealer’s customers, identified as Shahjahanpurwala.

Shahjahanpurwala was detained from Mitha Nagar, his other residence, and arrested. During the interrogation, he confessed to the crime and revealed he stole the victim’s phone and transferred the amount to one account given to him by his friend. After transferring the amount, he put water on the mobile charging slot, and as he damaged the charger pin in the slot, the mobile phone display was also damaged.

He further revealed that he placed bet through the ‘’—an online betting app. With the help of a friend in Ujjain, he transferred the victim’s money. The victim did not use a mobile screen lock or any application lock, and the accused stole her phone while she was asleep. Shahjahanpurwala has been produced before the court and remanded to police custody. Meanwhile, the search for his associate is ongoing.

Rs 5.24L
An amount the accused swindled from account

Oct 23
Day cash and gold ring were found to be missing

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