Mumbai: Man held for duping people, stealing vehicles posing as customer and seller on online marketplace

A 31-year-old fraudster was apprehended by Kasturba Marg Police for cheating a number of people on the pretext of either selling a motor vehicle on an online marketplace or posing as a customer who wants to buy the vehicle and decamped with it on the pretext of trials. The accused has orchestrated a number of incidents using the modus operandi and was caught with the help of technical evidence. He has been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code for cheating.

According to police, they were on the lookout for an accused, who used to trap his next victim on an online platform for selling and buying second hand items, including vehicles. The accused, identified as Arshad Wasim Khan, would contact the seller of the vehicle and take it for a trial ride, only to never return. Similarly, he would also forge the documents and pose as a seller, duping people by taking the money and never delivering the vehicle.

Police had received a tip-off on Khan's whereabouts with the help of CCTV footage and call data records (CDR), following which they laid a trap for him. Khan was nabbed with a couple of mobile phones and a motorcycle, which was reported stolen from Juhu, said police. During investigation, he also confessed of having committed a similar offence in Mahim, and the probe is underway.

While Khan has been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code for criminal breach of trust (section 406), impersonation (section 419) and cheating (section 420), he was produced before a local magistrate court and remanded in police custody for further probe.

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