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3 Doctors Duped With Cheap IPhone Offer

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Times of India
06 April 2012
By Raj Shekhar
New Delhi India

The bait was irresistible – new iPhones with a mobile connection at half the price – but the doctors who bit it didn't realise they were hooked till it was too late. The three wasted weeks waiting for their phones to arrive; giving the cheat ample time to get away.

In their complaint to police on Tuesday, the three doctors working at RML Hospital reported that a man claiming to represent a leading mobile services company visited them at the hospital OPD and offered them new iPhones at half price. While the doctors agreed to buy the phones cash down – paying him Rs 44,000 within 24 hours – the phones were not delivered, and they could not contact him on the number or the address he gave them.

Doctor Devashish Kaushal's complaint states that the man, who identified himself as Vaibhaw Saxena, came to his office in the OPD building late in the evening.

"The representative told the doctors he worked with a leading mobile company and showed his office identity card before offering to provide them new connections with Apple iPhones at discount rates," a police source said.

The complainant told police that one of his doctor colleagues made a spot payment of Rs11,000 for an iPhone3 GS (retail price Rs 21,000). Another colleague, Dr Pankaj, was not carrying enough cash so the agent agreed to collect it the next day. When the man visited them again a day later, Dr Devashish, too, decided to buy an iPhone 4 (retail price Rs 38,000) for Rs 22,000, while Dr Pankaj gave Rs 11,000, as promised.

That was the last the doctors saw of the rogue agent, who left them with a promise to return with their phones at the earliest. Dr Pankaj tried calling the agent's number after some days, but it was not available, and has remained so.

The doctors also enquired at the address the man had left but his landlady told them he had moved out.

Police say similar cases have been reported over the last few weeks and the man who duped the doctors could be part of a group targeting doctors and businessmen with promises of expensive gadgets at discount rates.

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