The first thing that pops up in our mind when moving from one city to another is packers and movers, who will do everything from packing, taking your household goods from one place to another. But as people started using these services more, fake website giving these services have increased. Recently, a 30-year-old, Shiuli Das, a media professional, fell prey to such fake website. Das had recently moved to Mumbai from Delhi.
According to a report in Indian Express, cops said that there are many fake websites created by a gang, under the name of a well-known movers and packers company- Agarwal packers and movers- through which they take on clients and steal their household goods. Das had planned to move from Delhi to Mumbai earlier this month. So, to shift her household goods and her car, on April 4, she googled Agarwal packers and movers. After that, she clicked on the very first advertisement on the webpage.
Shiuli Das told Indian Express, “I called up the number mentioned on the website. A man who identified himself as Sandeep answered the phone. We negotiated the deal and he told us the goods would reach Mumbai on the same day we land.”
Day after that conversation a group of men came to their house with small tempo and identified themselves as the employees of Agarwal packers and movers. As this was the first time when Das was using such services, Shiuli didn’t think much, but did notice few things such as they had brought small tempo and even didn’t bring bubble wrap to cover the goods. The couple arrived in Mumbai on April 6 and called up Sandeep to check when their household goods were arriving. After which he told them that their goods will be delivered by April 9, and later told them that their goods will arrive on 13-14 April. After which the number was disconnected and their goods never arrived. The men took a 48-inch television set, clothes, utensils, a playstation, microwave and several original documents, among other things.
Das again googled up Agarwal packers and movers again, and was shocked to discover that the website they selected was not the original. Das then approached Mayur Vihar police in Delhi, and police called up Sandeep, which was not answered. After police called Sandeep’s number, he called Das back and assured that they will receive their goods in next few days. When asked why his phone was switched off, Sandeep said that he was out of town. After a few days, when the goods arrived they were in a bad condition, and the couple had to give their four-wheeler car for servicing.
Station House Officer at Mayur Vihar police station Deepak Kumar told Indian Express, that several such complaints were registered in police stations across Delhi.