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Fake army man dupes 3 in online car sale fraud

PUNE: The police on Wednesday night booked a person for duping two males and a woman of Rs1.69 lakh at the pretext of selling an SUV on an e-commerce website at a cheap rate since October 1.

The sequence of fraud got here to light after furnishings employee Dnyaneshwar Harer (31) from Sasanenagar lodged an FIR towards the fraudster with the Hadapsar police. Harer informed TOI, "I wanted to purchase a car and visited the site. I came across the ad for the SUV on sale for Rs3.35 lakh. I contacted the car owner (fraudster) expressing interest in the vehicle. A few days later, he replied. He introduced himself as Vikas Patel from the army and said he was ready to sell the SUV to me me as he was transferred from Mumbai to Jaipur."

He said, "He sent documents of the vehicle with other details and started negotiating as he was in a hurry to dispose of the vehicle. He needed money for his brother's marriage. I decided to buy it for Rs2.25 lakh and asked him to show the vehicle before finalizing the deal."

According to Harer, "The Hindi speaking suspect told me that he had purchased the SUV from one Rohit Bohir, but had not transferred the vehicle to his name. He asked me to pay Rs11,000 to bring the vehicle out of the container at Kharadi and shared the number of its driver. When I contacted the driver, he sought time to show me the vehicle. The driver then told me that he was in Uruli Kanchan near Pune and that he would visit my place after delivering other vehicles in the container. He never turned up and I transferred Rs1 lakh via netbanking."

Harer said, "The fraudster later refused to repay the money and switched off his phone. He again posted the same advertisement with a different address. I then realized I was cheated."

The FIR said that the cheat used the same option to cheat Poonam Satalkar and Pankaj Arora of Rs69,750.

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