BENGALURU:A gang, promising domestic help services, has been conning Bengalureans. In the latest such case, a Ramamurthy Nagar resident lost Rs 10,000 to the frauds.
This is the third case of swindling by the gang this month, City Express has found. These men operate by posting classified ads online.
This time, an agency calling itself Easy Domestic Help, and using the email id firstname.lastname@example.org, responded to Rakesh’s (name changed) free advertisement on Babajob.com, seeking a domestic help.
“We are extremely happy to provide house maid, cook, caretaker, according to your requirement,” reads the reply. “If interested, please reply to this mail with your contact details.”
Rakesh replied, and on July 16, a man who called himself Sandesh visited him at his flat with a woman he introduced as the help.
A deal was struck, and Rakesh parted with `10,000 as advance. Sandesh said the help would start work from Monday, two days later.
However, when the woman failed to turn up, Rakesh called the agency. He realised that he had been cheated, and filed a complaint with the Ramamurthy Nagar Police Station.
While digging around for similar cases, City Express found that the same person, introducing himself as Sandesh, was involved each time. The company name and phone numbers, however, were different in this case.
Investigations revealed that these set of people were operating using six phone numbers, and under three names and more than three email ids.
The others who were cheated also recognised a photograph with the Hennur Police Station, where an earlier case is registered, as ‘Sandesh’.
In the first two instances, the fraud had introduced his company as SLV Services, in Banashankari Stage I. But in the latest incident, he claimed to be a representative of Easy Domestic Help, on Magadi Road (spelt Magdi road), Sunkadakatte.
“Online frauds has become common in these areas. Those who fall for it are educated as well as tech-savvy. North Indians and techies are the prime targets,” the Ramamurthy Nagar police told City Express.