New Delhi: The excitement of owning a Neapolitan Mastiff pup available on an e-commerce website for just Rs 7,000 made a handicapped businessman from Panipat cancel his meeting and drive to east Delhi to buy it. However, his happiness was short-lived as he soon realised that crooks had duped him.

The police, however, acted quickly on the businessman’s complaint and arrested two of the crooks, including a Delhi University graduate. It turned out the duo had duped around half a dozen people using this modus operandi. “The accused have been identified as Mohit alias Sonu (23) and Arvind Kumar from Karawal Nagar,” DCP (east) Bhairon SIngh Gurjar said.

Mohit had earlier worked with a company which provided puppies to people in south and east Delhi. When he quit his job, he came across a news article in which crooks had duped people on pretext of selling goods online. Mohit is married and has aged parents to look after. His friend was a salesman at a store in Gandhi Nagar.

The two friends decided to use e-commerce sites to sell non-existent puppies. They advertised on many websites selling expensive breeds of dogs at cheap rates. They downloaded photographs of such dogs from the internet and posted them on the website. They took the money in advance from a prospective buyer but never delivered the pup.

When the businessman reached near Laxmi Nagar Metro station, Mohit spoke to him in English, took the cash and pointed towards a parked car parked asking him to take the pup from his friend.

When the victim reached the car, he found it locked. Meanwhile the seller drove off on his bike. Shocked, the man called up the cops after which he got to know that this gang had duped several people. Three FIRs had been registered in Shakarpur against them.

The cops then tracked the IP address and mobile locations to nab the crooks. A decoy was sent posing as a customer and a meeting was fixed near Mayur Vihar Metro station. When the crooks arrived, they were arrested. A Bullet motorcycle used in the crime and a Samsung mobile phone was recovered from them. The accused are being interrogated to know the identity of their associates and the exact number of people they have duped.

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Source: TOI-Delhi