A man has been arrested for allegedly posting online advertisements on behalf of popular liquor stores in Gurgaon adjoining Delhi and deceiving more than 200 people under the guise of delivering alcohol to their homes, police said on Sunday .
The 23-year-old defendant, Azharuddin Khan, is a resident of Bharatpur in Rajasthan and operated from his hometown. He used Google Ads to promote his fraudulent business, they said.
Police said a case of cheating was registered based on a complaint received from a Delhi resident who alleged that while watching a YouTube channel, a phone number appeared on his screen for delivery to alcohol home. When he contacted the listed mobile number, he received a QR (Quick Response) code, barcode and account number and requested an OTP.
After sharing the OTP (one time password), a total of Rs 78,374 was deducted from his account during various transactions. Later, the accused disconnected his phone, they said.
A senior police officer said that during the investigation it was revealed that the alleged mobile numbers used by the fraudster were found operating from a village near Jhenjhpuri in Bharatpur district. in Rajasthan.
“As part of the investigation, a police team was dispatched to Bharatpur from where the accused Azharuddin Khan was arrested and three mobile phones and a basic touch-tone phone used for calling purposes and used in the crime were recovered from him,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer North) Devesh Kumar Mahla said that he posted advertisements on Google Ads on behalf of famous liquor stores located in Gurgaon. He has been running this racket for a year and has duped many people in the National Capital Region (NCR).
“The Google ad he posted was also reflected on YouTube channels. The scammer used to run flash ads about liquor service home delivery on behalf of three popular liquor stores based in Gurgaon, along with mobile phone numbers and other details.Once the victim dialed on the alleged numbers, the gang had almost all the amount available in the account transferred to them, via a QR code, a barcode by asking OTP under the guise of delivering alcohol online. Once they tricked the victim, they blocked their numbers and spoofed the defrauded amount,” he said.
After graduating in pharmacy from a university in Jaipur, he tried to get a job but decided to commit fraud by placing ads online after being influenced by other villagers who were going the same way to make easy money, DCP added.
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