MUMBAI’s criminal branch of the police have arrested six people, including those based in West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Mumbai, for allegedly duping several people across the country in recent years.
The accused allegedly claimed to have sold a precious metal to a company based in Canada and was to be paid 6.7 billion euros (approximately Rs 5,654 crore) for it. They would then claim that the money was blocked with the RBI because they had to pay Rs 27 crore in tax for the same.
To prove this claim, they would show forged documents from the RBI, the Department of Defense, and a company based in Canada, among others. They would then ask the person to help them with that tax amount and promise a share of the amount they would get.
DCP (Crime) Neelotpal said: “We suspect the defendants had been active since 2015 and duped several people.” Senior Inspector (Unit VII) Manish Sridhankar said: “We suspect a woman from Hyderabad, currently at large, to be the main accused.”
Bhaskar Rao, a resident of Andhra Pradesh, and one of the arrested defendants are said to be staying in a hotel in the city where he would meet the victims through intermediaries. Recently, when a person based in Bhandup lost 30,000 rupees, he filed a complaint as a result of which the crime was solved.