Web developer detained for cheating using fake shopping sites

Hyderabad: Raidurgam Police arrested a cyber fraudster on Friday for developing fake grocery and furniture portals.

According to the police, the man had used two websites, www.zopnow.in and www.modwayfurniture.in, on which he claimed to sell groceries and furniture at below market prices and misled the people to the tune of several lakhs across India.

Police seized Rs 40 lakh and other documents from Rishabh Upadhyay alias Chandan (30), a web developer from Bengaluru and originally from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. His accomplice, Rahul from Punjab, was on the run.

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While staying at a hostel in Bengaluru, Chandan had signed up with freelance websites and started working as a freelancer offering website development services, taking on client projects, and more.

According to the police, three years ago, Chandan was contacted by a person named Prince of the United States to design a new website www.jobfinder.info. Later, he learned that the website he created was not genuine and many people were tricked through the website into paying.

“He then created fake Skype accounts with fake names and contacted Rahul who is a digital marketing expert and took online digital marketing services from him,” Cyberabad Police Commissioner VC Sajjanar said.

“Using fake Skype IDs, he contacted many people and made false promises that he would provide US work visas on the spot and instructed them to open new bank accounts and collected their credentials banking. He also developed a fake furniture website using the credentials of a person named Shivendra Singh Rana and tricked him. said Sajjanar.

During the lockdown, many people faced difficulty in buying groceries and hence he selected www.zopnow.com which was a well-known grocery portal based in Bengaluru but was not operational at the moment.

He also created a fake furniture website www.modwayfurniture.in by imitating a popular and reputable shopping website based in Canada www.modway.com. These websites have been developed on the advice of Rahul to deceive people who will buy into believing that these are genuine and original shopping websites.

“He opened about 20 cashless payment gateway accounts using the credentials of various people, who applied for jobs in the United States through the website he designed,” Sajjanar said.

The incident came to light after a technician from Khajaguda was tricked into approaching the cyber crime police of Cyberabad.

“So far, nine people have been identified as having been deceived by them in Cyberabad. We suspect many more across the country,” Sajjanar said.

Chandan was arrested in Bengaluru and brought to Hyderabad and taken into custody.

The police have issued an advisory on this subject:

  • Don’t believe fake websites
  • Don’t believe websites offering huge discounts
  • Don’t pay money in advance to get goods online
  • Do not believe in websites offering goods much cheaper than the market price
  • If you have any doubts contact 9490617310 (Cyber ​​Crime PS, Cyberabad) or WhatsApp no.9490617444