Movers and packers scam: Gang arrested for cheating people

Movers and packers scam: Gang arrested for cheating people

The gang was running a fake movers and packers firm by impersonating reputed companies

Fifty-year-old Ashfaq Hussain, a private firm employee, recently checked online for contact numbers to transport his bike to Hubballi. Little did he know that he would fall prey to a movers and packers scam.

The northeast division cybercrime police, on Wednesday, unearthed a gang of four for running a fake transport company impersonating a leading packers and movers firm to cheat people on the pretext of providing low-cost services. The fraud came to light when Mr. Hussain was approached by a person, identifying himself as Sandeep, who said he would transport the bike for ₹4,000.

However, when the bike did not reach the destination, Mr. Hussain called up Sandeep, who started demanding more money to transport the vehicle. Suspecting something fishy, Mr. Hussain, on June 22, filed a complaint. The cybercrime police tracked down the accused, identified as Puran Singh Chouhan, 25, Narendra, 32, Dharmendra, 21, and Dharamveer, 24.

Investigations revealed that the accused were misusing the names of reputed transport companies and placing advertisements online with their personal contact numbers offering movers and packers services at throwaway prices . Once they were contacted, the accused would visit the victim’s house to get the vehicles and escape. They would start demanding more money and once the money is paid, the accused would send the vehicle to the destination by paying the regular price and keep the remaining amount.

The police have been charged the accused under section 66D ( using communication device or computer resource cheats by personation) of the IT Act.

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Fake packers and movers gang stealing cars busted

The Powai police have arrested two youths who were allegedly running a bogus Movers and Packers firm which claimed to transport four-wheelers across the country at cheap prices. The police have recovered four luxury cars from the accused duo identified as Ramankumar Sharma (23) and Vikas Sharma (23). The duo was operating a bogus firm named ‘Aggarwal All India Packers and Movers’ after a similar sounding registered firm.

A complaint was received by the police from HC Lalnaghakanniani, wife of a coast guard officer who opted the accused’s services to transport her Mahindra Scorpio (MH 05 AJ 6162) to her family friend Lallubhau Anna at Guwahati.

“The complainant when contacted the firm was told that the car shall be delivered to the destination within a week. On February 18, the duo reached left with the vehicle after giving her a receipt of Rs 33,806 as transportation charge. After 15 days, when the vehicle did not reach Guwahati, the complainant went to the office in Navi Mumbai only to learn that the address was fake and her vehicle was stolen,” said a police officer.

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Packers and Movers Go ‘Missing’ with Techie’s Belongings

A software engineer had a nightmarish time relocating to Pune from Noida after the packer and movers service he hired went off grid with his belongings worth Rs 12 lakh for over 20 days.

Having waited for over two weeks for his household items to reach Pune, the 31-year-old man, who was staying in Sector 121 and working in an IT firm in Noida, recently approached the police in both Pune as well as Noida, seeking a probe into the matter.

According to officials, the case was first reported at the Nigdi police station in Pune and then to Phase 3 police station in Noida, who have tracked the owner of the mover and packers service.

According to the complainant, he had searched for the service on Justdial search engine and later got a phone call from the accused firm which offered to do the job for Rs 61,000.

“All household items including furniture and electronics and also my certificates and documents were loaded on the truck. It left on October 24 and was scheduled to reach Pune on October 28. My family and I had reached Pune by flight and waited for our belongings to arrive. It was only after waiting till November 2 that we approached the police,” the man, originally from Lucknow, told PTI.

The man alleged that in the meantime he started getting calls from the driver of the truck that the owner of the packers and movers has not given him any money and he would “destroy all the stuff”.

“The driver, who identified himself as Nihal, demanded that Rs 30,000 be transferred to his bank account or he would destroy the stuff,” the man said.

“When we called up the owner, Rajesh Chauhan, he continued dilly-dallying and giving vague responses. That”s when we approached the police,” he added.

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Movers and packers hold cargo to ransom

A software engineer was held to ransom by the movers and packers she hired to shift her belongings to Hyderabad, with the dubious company picked from JustDial refusing to send her goods until she coughed up more than three times of what was agreed upon. The woman lodged a complaint at the Vimantal police station, where it emerged that there were about five to six such cases already registered.

Drawing on CCTV footage of the goods being loaded to the truck, the cops were able to trace it to 30-year-old Jyotiba Nagnath Babar. Pursuant to his arrest it was found that the complainant, Sajni Chacko’s belongings were kept at his home at Nigdi. Presently, search is on for the main accused – one Sandeep Jain – with whom the complainant had been negotiating right from the beginning.

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