Dubious movers and packers firm busted

Whitefield Police on Thursday arrested three teenagers who allegedly started a fake moving and packing company online to defraud people trying to move their vehicles. The police confiscated a car, two bicycles and account books used by the defendants: Shivakumar, 20, Sandeep, 21 and Pradeep (19). Two other suspects, Deepak Sharma and Rajesh Tinka, are on the run.

According to police, the gang targeted people searching for moving companies and packers online. They would appeal to potential customers with huge discounts to transport their cars and bikes. After a customer transferred the money to their bank account, the gang came to pick up the vehicle.

“The defendants would charge more money from their customers who would call them after finding that their vehicles had not made it to their destination,” said one police officer. The vehicles were only delivered after the customers had paid. In some cases, the defendant failed to deliver the vehicles, police said.

The police cracked the case while investigating a complaint from a private employee who had been betrayed by the gang. “When she was arrested, police discovered five cases of fraud that were recorded in police stations across the city,” said D. Devaraj, DCP, Whitefield. Efforts are being made to track down Sharma and Tinka.

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