Noida police on Thursday claimed to have busted a gang of cheats who defrauded people by selling duplicate Chinese-made Apple iPhones at low cost in the National Capital Region (NCR).
The three members of the gang have been arrested and 60 duplicate iPhones have been taken from their possession, said Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central Noida) Saad Miyan Khan.
According to the police, the gang lured potential iPhone 13 buyers by offering them the premium phone for ₹53,000, which is much lower than the model’s usual market price of around ₹66,000.
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The gang bought duplicate phones from Delhi markets for just ₹12,000 each but would buy genuine iPhone boxes costing ₹4,500 from Chinese online shopping portal Alibaba along with Apple stickers worth ₹1,000 each, police said .
These duplicate phones along with real stickers and box were supposed to cost ₹17,500 each to the gang but were then sold by them for ₹53,000. They also used a mobile application to display an IMEI number to gullible buyers to mislead them, police added.
According to Khan, those arrested are Lalit Tyagi, Abhishek Kumar and Rajneesh Ranjan.
“The case came to light during the investigation of two cases filed at the Sector 63 police station. The gang was selling duplicate iPhones and defrauding people.
“The plaintiff in the case told the police that he got a genuine iPhone at a low price when he first bought it from them, but when he placed an order for more phones, the duplicate models were sold to him,” said the officer.
Khan said police recovered 60 duplicate iPhones and ₹4.50 lakh from the gang’s possession and a Renault Duster car used by them was also seized.
The police team has also recovered some counterfeit Aadhaar cards and further legal action in the case is underway, the additional DCP said.