A buyer of an Ola Electric scooter from Delhi was scammed by a 25-year-old man from Maharashtra.According to news agency PTI, the scammer was accused of defrauding buyers of electric vehicles for more than ¥80,000. The buyer decides to go to the dealership he found online rather than through formal channels such as the official website or app of the electric car manufacturer. The defendant posed as one of the dealers to deceive him under the pretense of selling him electric scooters.
The defendant first asked the victim to pay back the money ¥499 as the reservation amount for the electric scooter. Usually, Ola Electric also asks for a similar pre-order amount for its electric scooters. According to police, the scammer allegedly offered the victim a “favorable deal”, prompting him to send the booking amount to the accused.
Subsequently, the defendant also charged the victim the actual price of the electric scooter.According to police, the victim was ordered to pay ¥The electric scooter is 80999, promised to be delivered within a week. Ola Electric is selling the S1 Air electric scooter for ¥84,999, similar to what the victim paid.
Apart from the S1 Air, the EV maker’s most affordable model, Ola Electric also sells models such as the S1 and S1 Pro electric scooters in India. The price of S1 starts from ¥100,000 (ex-showroom), while the price of the S1 Pro is ¥124,000 (ex-showroom).
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When the dealer failed to provide a payment receipt, the victim became suspicious of the dealer. In addition, he demanded more money from the victim, leading to alleged fraud. The victim then reported the incident to the police. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) M Harsha Vardhan said his team traced the accused’s bank account, which was named as Rajendra Shivram Panda. Once the police found his address, they raided Dombiwali East in Thane, Maharashtra and were arrested on Saturday.
According to police, the defendant admitted that he had designed false advertisements for electric scooters to deceive potential customers. He also took the name Raghav Verma and posed as a dealer. He also revealed his modus operandi of defrauding buyers by promising faster-than-normal delivery of the e-scooters of their choice.
First published date: May 10, 2023 at 12:01pm CST