Conman poses as power official for extortion,arrested

Power distribution company BSES has issued an advisory for consumers after the arrest of an imposter who conned people by posing as a BSES employee.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 27, 2013 1:15 am

Power distribution company BSES has issued an advisory for consumers after the arrest of an imposter who conned people by posing as a BSES employee.

The accused,Yogesh Sharma,allegedly tried to extort Rs 60,000 from a consumer in East Delhi. The discom has reiterated that all payments of fines and penalties are to be made at designated BSES offices.

“In a breakthrough,leader of a gang of impostors conning consumers by masquerading as officials of BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) in East Delhi has been arrested,” a BSES spokesperson said.

Yogesh Sharma had approached one Satyapal Singh,a resident of Khajoori Khas,with other gang members masquerading as BYPL enforcement officials.

“They supposedly checked the electricity meter. Then they removed the meter (and made the supply direct) and informed the customer that the meter will have to be sent to the BYPL lab for testing. After a few days,gang leader Sharma again contacted the customer,claiming that the meter was tampered with. He scared the customer by telling him that this amounts to power-theft and will not only attract a heavy penalty running into several lakhs,but also lead to imprisonment,” the spokesperson said.

Sharma then offered the consumer to bury the case for Rs 60,000,whereupon Singh requested for a few days time to think. While Sharma paid daily visits to Singh’s house during the next few days,he neither installed a new meter nor did he issue a notice,raising suspicion.

“On his next visit,Singh gave the impostor Rs 10,000 as advance payment and informed the police. Police personnel promptly reached the spot and arrested Sharma,” the official said.

Investigations into the case revealed that Sharma led a gang of impostors,who used to con consumers by masquerading as BYPL enforcement officials. After being arrested,he has been remanded in judicial custody.

“We have been routinely urging our customers to be wary of such unscrupulous elements. We once again appeal to our customers not to get intimidated or induced by the threats and false assurances of the ‘impostors’ — and not give them any money — whatever be the reason. All enforcement (fines and penalties) and commercial payments are to be made only at designated BSES offices. No cash payments should be made to anyone visiting residences on behalf of BSES,” the BSES official said.

The discom has also advised customers to ascertain and verify the identity of persons claiming to be from BSES,who visit their premises.

The genuineness of the identity cards should be ascertained with the BSES logo; BSES hologram; date of issue and validity; photograph; signature of the authorised signatory and of the employee; the employee number and the ID-card number; the name,logo and address of the contractor; and the lamination on the card.

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