New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) The director and chief operations officer of an online shopping portal have been arrested for cheating several customers by not providing them the goods they bought inspite getting money in advance, said police Saturday.
Arindam Bose, 47, the director on online shopping portal ‘timtara.com’, and his associate Harish Ahluwalia, 35, were arrested from Sector-63 in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida Friday on the basis of over 200 complaints filed against them from all across the country.
“The victims claimed that they had paid money online through credit card for various items. However, despite of repeated requests and follow-up, the requisite goods never arrived,” said Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Economic Offences Wing) S.D. Mishra.
“The company in fact shut down their front office from Sector-8 in Noida and changed their location to avoid detection and confrontation with the cheated customers,” said the officer.
The online retail website www.timtara.com claimed to sell various products like cameras, mobiles, home appliances etc cheaper than the market rate.
During investigations it was revealed that the portal was actively engaged in online shopping fraud.
“Large numbers of customers had been cheated on account of providing products cheaper than the market rate. Most of the victims were lured by the misleading advertisements, high discount offers and false representations on the website,” said Mishra.