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Delhi: Man arrested for cheating people by offering low-cost hotel booking on Instagram

The victim fell to a discount tempted to post on Instagram that offered online hotel bookings at very cheap rates in Madurai.

Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 New Delhi Published on: January 30, 2023 21:51 IST
Fraud activities are on the rise on Instagram
Image Source : REPRESENTATIONAL PIC Fraud activities are on the rise on Instagram

Delhi Police arrested a 22-year-old man for allegedly cheating people by promising hotel bookings at discounted rates on the social media platform- Instagram, an official said on Monday.

With the arrest, police claimed they solved seven cases of cyber fraud.

The accused, Yuvraj, a resident of Zirakpur in Punjab, was also wanted in a case of attempt to murder registered in Kurukshetra, Haryana, they said.

How he arrested?

Police acted on a complaint filed by the victim alleging he was defrauded of Rs 4,900 by someone who offered hotel rooms at cut-price, police said.

According to the complainant, in September last year, he saw a post on Instagram that offered online hotel bookings at very cheap rates. As he wanted to visit Madurai, he contacted the man who had made the post for a booking at ITC Fortune hotel in Madurai.

The man asked him to transfer him Rs 4,900 into in a certain account, which the victim did, assured that his booking would be made. Later, when he went to Madurai, he found that there was no booking in his name.

In its investigation, police found that the man was operating from Chandigarh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rohini) Guriqbal Singh Sidhu said.

The accused was identified and detained from a hotel in Zirakpur, Chandigarh.

How accused run fraud business

Interrogation revealed that Yuvraj used to post ads offering hotel bookings at discount price on Instagram. He would take the money from his victims through UPI, but would never do the booking, he said.

Police seized two mobile phones, four SIM cards, and two Wifi dongles used in the crime.

(With PTI input)

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