The South-west district police have arrested an aspiring model-turned-conman for duping struggling models by running a fake modelling agency.
Several complaints were received at the Vasant Kunj police station since July where aspiring models alleged that one Viraj Roy, who introduced himself as a casting director, had duped them of their money and belongings on the pretext of a handsome modelling offer, said Devender Arya, DCP (South-west).
Three cases were registered and the police arrested Roy alias Shubham from his Uttam Nagar residence after zeroing in him through technical analysis of information collected from different sources.
Twenty-two-year-old Shubham aspired to be a model. However, he received several setbacks and his career failed to take off and he also became financially unstable. Taking inspiration from a Bollywood film, the accused opened a modelling agency by the name of ‘Dream for Success’, the police said.
He published his number and the details of the modelling agency on various social media platforms to lure struggling as well as aspiring models for photo shoots or short films. He would also send multimedia messages to the aspirants who have posted their profiles on social media. He would then call them to different hotels in the Mahipalpur area for photo shoots and profiling and book rooms for them. He would then inform them that the agency which has requested the shoot is an international firm and the payment will be received in foreign currency. On this pretext, he would keep their mobile phones and ask them to wait in their rooms. Thereafter, he would transfer money from their accounts through UPI to his bank account and then flee away with their mobile phones and other belongings.
With the arrest of the accused, the three cases have been solved and four mobile phones, five sim cards and several plastic cards were recovered from his possession. He had cheated as many as 15 aspiring models.
Several complaints were received at the Vasant Kunj police station since July where aspiring models alleged that one Viraj Roy, who introduced himself as a casting director, had duped them of their money and belongings on the pretext of a handsome modelling offer