Gurugram: 10 duped in one week after placing apartment rental ads
At least 10 people were allegedly duped in the past week in Gurugram after placing advertisements to rent their apartments in different areas through real estate websites, police said on Monday.
Cyber crooks are using a new modus operandi where, posing as army officers, contact victims after taking their details from real estate websites where victims had placed rental ads, police said, adding that more than 35 similar complaints had been received. since December 20.
“The suspects say they are stationed in the army cantonment and transferred to Delhi. They have to rent a house in Gurugram as their wives are teachers in private schools. To build trust, they share even their Aadhaar card, PAN card and fake military ID,” said KK Rao, Commissioner of Police.
Rao said victims trusted defense personnel, followed their instructions and lost money.
“To give token money, suspects ask victims to share UPI (unified payment interface) details to transfer the amount. To gain trust, they first credit money and ask them to scan a QR code for a money transfer. When victims say they know the QR code is being used to debit money from the account, they explain that the military has a different method where the money is sent using the code. The moment victims scan the QR code, fraudulent transactions take place,” Rao said.
A case of fraud was registered on Sunday by Bavya Sharma (36) at the cybercrime commissioner, police said.
Sharma, a resident of Sector 65, said that on December 25 she received a call from a man who identified himself as an army officer. “He said he was being transferred from Ahmedabad to Delhi and he saw our property posted online for rent. He called us twice on the same day and told me later that he had transferred a certain amount in my bank account,” she said.
Sharma further said that the suspect also sent copies of a military canteen ID card, PAN card and Aadhaar card which later turned out to be fake. “He initiated two transactions for an amount of ₹25,000 each via my digital wallet linked to a bank account. He had details of my PAN card, my Aadhaar card and a canceled check from my bank account,” she said.
Police say the suspect also sent screenshots of the money he transferred to the victim’s account, which in fact was never done.
Similarly, another family of Sushant Lok 2 was duped over ₹3.5 lakh on Dec 28, followed by a DLF Phase 2 resident who was tricked into ₹2 lakh on December 29, police said.
Rao said he wrote to the banks for details of the accounts the money was credited to. “The suspects are using fake IDs and collecting information about people who placed ads on various online platforms to rent or sell their apartments,” he said.
In some cases, suspects even make video calls after asking real estate agents to log in to gain trust.
Police said they are carrying out an investigation and teams have been formed to arrest members of the gang whose location is in Uttar Pradesh and Nuh.