Two Delhi-based brothers who allegedly cheated hundreds of job seekers in the National Capital Region (NCR) by offering them work as gigolos have been arrested by Noida Police.
The accused, identified as Ketan Arora and Chirag Arora, lured their victims through Facebook and Instagram pages titled ‘Friendship Club’.
They would message those who liked or followed these pages, and later offer them jobs as gigolos at spa centers, telling them they could make between Rs 25,000 and Rs 30,000 per client.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Noida) Shakti Avasthy said, “They called up job seekers and had created pages on Facebook and Instagram titled ‘Friendship Club”.
The accused also sent pictures of women downloaded from the internet to lure their potential targets further. “Pretending to be women, they would even call up the men, saying they were speaking on behalf of a high-profile client, and at times, posing as a client,” Avasthy said.
The accused asked the job seekers to pay money to become a gigolo by taking membership of their ‘Friendship Clubs’ against payment, usually between Rs 3,000 and Rs 4,000. After this, they would ask the job seekers to pay money on the pretext of either “kits” for service, security money, processing fees, or other charges and funds were transferred online.
The accused have duped hundreds of men in Delhi NCR to the tune of lakhs of rupees,” Avasthy added. Police said they have recovered 13 mobile phones, 10 debit cards, three Aadhaar cards, one voter ID, one PAN card, one driving license, four SIM cards purchased on bogus ID, and Rs 29,000 cash from the Arora brothers. The FIR has been lodged against the accused under Indian Penal Code section 420 (cheating) and under provisions of the IT Act.
Commenting on the arrest, DCP Avasthy said, “The Sector 58 police station officials coordinated with the Information Technology Cell to arrest the accused. We have recovered a significant amount of evidence and cash from the accused. We appeal to the public to be cautious while sharing personal information online and to report such fraudsters to the police.” (With inputs from PTI)