A man named Ashish Ahire, a 32 year old individual, who has been heading the gang involved in tricking 22,000 people with their money through a fake shopping website, was arrested by the cyber police in Gujarat. He is a technology expert who got his education from London, was involved and was heading the cyber fraud and looting people.
The Police has also identified some 11 other similar fake websites which were looting people by showing good branded stuff at cheap prices on social media sites.
The cyber police shared that they received enormous complaints with respect to online fraud through a website called “shopiiee.com”. When detailed investigation took place, the result came out to be that there were almost about 22,000 people who were being scammed, which approximated to the amount of ₹70 lakh.
The DCP (cyber crime) shared that the products that this fake website was showcasing were dress materials, imitation jewellery, and some household items via Facebook advertisements.
The proper detailed investigation landed the police to the website’s owner. He was operating his operations from Suraj in Gujarat. A team consisting of senior inspectors like S Shastrabudhe, inspector Pramod Khopikar and assistant inspector Ravikiran Naale caught the accused, arrested him and are now questioning him to recover the money.
The accused has been charged under relevant sections of the IPC and IT Act for cheating, impersonation, etc. He is under judicial custody by a local court. The police are still looking for the other associates.
The list of the fake websites are as under: