A 17-year-old boy was caught trying to pass of fake Rs 2,000 notes as genuine on Friday, September 22, when he tried to purchase an iPhone 7. These notes had “The Children Bank of India” written on them. The boy was caught by the Azad Maidan police after a cybercrime consultant filed a complaint against him. The police found 60 notes of Rs 2,000 face value from the accused, reports The Indian Express. The consultant, Sameer Nagodriya, was selling the phone on an online portal from where the accused purchased it.
As reported by The Indian Express, Nagodriya said that he had put up an online advertisement for selling his iPhone 7 when the juvenile approached him. The two met outside a McDonald’s outlet opposite the Chattrapati Shivaji Terminal on September 22. Once he had checked the phone, the accused told Nagodriya that he was interested in buying it and purchased it from him, reports IE. Once the payment had been made for the phone, the consultant found that the notes bore the name of “The Children’s Bank of India”. Upon chasing the juvenile, he caught hold of him and then took him to the Azad Maidan police station.
Nagodriya lodged a complaint of forgery against the accused and he was then arrested. Quoting Vasanth Wakhare, the Senior Inspector at Azad Maidan police station, IE reported, “After we placed him under arrest, his family members approached us with proof that he was 17 years old. He was then sent to a children’s home.” He added, “Prime facie it appears that the 17-year-old purchased the notes from a shop in Thane. He desperately wanted to buy an iPhone. As he did not have money for the phone, he purchased fake currency to get it.” The accused is a class 10th pass-out who was working in a garage, said the inspector.