Cyber police at the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) on Saturday arrested three people from Bihar for allegedly manipulating Ambuja Cement’s contact details on the internet and duping a unit of a chemical company of Rs 10.72 lakh.
Police said that after examining the 18 bank accounts that the defendants were using to obtain money from the victims, they discovered that transactions worth at least Rs 2.5 million had been made in the in recent years.
A 52-year-old chemical company purchasing official, who is the plaintiff in the case, told police the fraud took place between September 15 and September 17. building. They started surfing the Internet looking for companies to order cement, ”said an officer.
They came across the contact details of an alleged Ambuja Cement sales manager on Google. “The accused changed the email address, phone number and floor number in Andheri d’Ambuja Cement’s office address,” Deputy Police Commissioner (Cyber) Rashmi said Karandikar.
Police said when the complainant’s company requested a quote, the accused said he would charge less than the market rate. The company then placed an order for 4,000 bags of cement.
“Before making the payment of Rs 10.6 lakh, the company even checked the PAN card and the GST certificate of the accused… These appeared to be genuine and they made the payment before September 17th,” said the officer.
As the accused also demanded additional money as labor, loading and unloading costs, the company ended up paying Rs 10.72 lakh in total. “Later, as the delivery of the cement was not made, the complainant tried to call the number provided by the accused, but the phone was turned off.
When the phone was later found turned on, the calls went unanswered.
The fraud came to light when the company went to the accused’s address in Andheri and found no one.
Police seized 11 SIM cards and 18 ATM cards. “We are trying to reach out to other people duped by the accused so that they can be considered as witnesses in our case,” the officer said.