Gurugram: A month after Noida Rs 3,700 crore ponzi scam unearthed, Gurugram police today claimed to have busted a similar ponzy scam worth Rs 8 crore offering monetary benefits for liking various social media pages.
The Special Investigation Team of the Gurugram police has arrested four persons for duping over 5,000 people for operating the fraudulent scheme in Badshahpur area of the district.
Identifying the arrested alleged scamsters as Rajkumar, Daulat Singh Shekhawat, Bharat Kumar and Ajay Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sumit Kuhar said the accused had defrauded people by setting up several profit networking companies with hyperlink "http://www.profitnetworking.com, www.profitnetworking.com."
The police officer said these websites sought to offer online jobs involving the task of liking various social media pages and offering to monetise their likes, said Kuhar adding the four were were arrested on Sunday night after police raided their company in Badshahpur area.
The accused tricked people aspiring for interned jobs into opening accounts after depositing Rs 4,600 and promised them to pay Rs 5 per likes, besides roping in other people in the scheme.
"The police recovered three laptops, computer and several ATM cards from them and froze their three accounts worth Rs 90 lakh of their firm that they had set up last year," said the DCP adding that the accused persons are barely 12th pass but used to stay in expensive hotels and guest houses in Gurugram.
Police raided the fraudulent company on a complaint February 13 lodged by Rewari resident Vijay Singh, who had complained of having been duped by the firm.
"We are interrogating the accused to ascertain as to how many people they have been duped by them till now," said the DCP.