The ‘seller’ was posing as a CISF personnel posted at KIA in Bengaluru

A man posing as a CISF personnel posted at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru allegedly duped a software engineer from Hyderabad in Telangana of ₹73,019 after promising to sell him a smartphone.

Siddharth R., from Secunderabad, works with a well-known IT company in Hyderabad. He told the police that he saw an advertisement on a commercial website about the sale of an iPhone 8 Plus (64 GB) for ₹26,500. The device retails at over ₹60,000. Siddharth called the mobile number given in the ad asking for details of the phone. The seller identified himself as Sahil Kumar, a sepoy with CISF at KIA, and told Siddharth to come to the BIAL cargo complex to collect the phone.

Siddharth arrived in Bengaluru on December 14 and got in touch with Sahil. He was asked to pay ₹5,020 towards custom charges to get the phone. He transferred the money using an e-wallet, following which Sahil asked him to transfer the rest of the money before he could hand over the phone. Siddharth transferred the remaining money and called Sahil who claimed that he had not received the second instalment, and insisted that the money be transferred again. “This went on until Siddharth had transferred a total of ₹73,019 into Sahil’s account,” said the police.

When Sahil asked him for more money, Siddharth realised that he was being cheated. When he demanded return of his money, Sahil cut the line, and has been unreachable.

Siddharth filed a complaint with the Bengaluru police on Monday.

In November, Rammohan Gajula, a software engineer working with a Bengaluru-based IT firm, lost ₹64,000 after a man posing as an army jawan offered to sell him a scooter.

Police suspect that the culprit in both these cases is the same person.

“We suspect that the accused has conned many people. In the last one month, the cyber crime cell received 10 such complaints. We have registered FIRs in all the cases,” said a senior police officer.

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