The Shivaji Nagar police have registered a cheating case against a person, who claims to be a police officer and has duped several people using a social networking site. The police said that the accused has cheated at least five to six people.
The man has been identified as Fareed Rafiq Khan (30), who is absconding had posted his profile on a social networking site where he claimed to be a three-star police officer and used to befriend young boys under the pretext of providing them with government jobs.
According to the police, on Wednesday a 45-year-old woman Rehana Shaikh, had approached the police and lodged a complaint.
In her complaint, Shaikh said that her 19-year-old son Danish, came in contact with Khan in December last year through the site. Danish had been looking for a job and since Shaikh claimed to be a police officer, Danish asked him for help. Khan befriended Danish and met him on a few occasions. He even went to his house in Shivaji Nagar in Govandi and met his mother, the complainant.
Under the pretext of finding a job for Danish, he took Rs1.69 lakh from the complainant over a period of few months. During this period, he became close to the family and was introduced to Zeba Shaikh (26), who runs coaching classes. Khan befriended Zeba, and told her that she could buy the space from where she was running the classes. For this, he told Zeba that she would have to pay him and in return he would help her get a loan from a bank. Following this, he told Zeba that she could own the place and pay the bank Rs5,000 every month. Falling for the trap, Zeba paid Rs1.29 lakhs. Using the same modus operandi he duped four to five persons more.
However, even after taking the money, he did not fulfil any of his promises and started threatening them that his wife, is a senior police officer, and his mother, is a lawyer and that his wife would soon be transferred to the Shivaji Nagar police station, following which he would implicate them in false cases.
"We suspect he is not a police officer. We have found that he lives in Chembur. As of now, we have booked him for cheating under the IPC," said a police officer.