This criminal genius takes scamming to a whole new level.
The 28 year old man from New Delhi was recently arrested for selling a rented car online and then stealing it back from the new owner on the same day.
His scheme worked like a charm the first time around and he was only arrested after greed made him try it a second time.
The criminal genius, Mintoo Kumar, son of a retired Army captain and struggling entrepreneur, was looking for a way to make some money after his businesses failed, when inspiration struck.
Inspiration struck in the form of an idea to rent a used Mahindra XUV 500 and soon also started looking for an identical one in New Delhi. Once he found it, the conman spent the next couple of months trying to get the registration details of the car and used them to forge a registration certificate for the rented vehicle.
The minute the paperwork was available, he posted an ad for the car on an eCommerce website and waited for gullible buyers. The car was taken off his hands pretty quickly, but in order to complete the scheme, he needed to steal it back again.
To do this, he used a GPS device to track down the rented vehicle to its new location and since the owner had not even had time to change the locks, simply stole it making use of a duplicate key.
The hoodwinked new owner alerted the local police who were stunned when they ran the registration certificate data and found that it matched another Mahindra XUV that was owned by a Delhi resident.
“The owner was not lying. He had bought the car through the site,” an officer said. “It was stolen the same night. Initially we thought he was sold a stolen vehicle but later we suspected the seller may have stolen the same car from the new owner. We registered a case and began probe.”
Unfortunately for criminal genius Mintoo, police were tipped off when he tried to sell the rented car again, and he was apprehended during a sting operation.
He confessed to the whole thing, and admitted that the company he had rented the Mahindra XUV 500 knew nothing about his intentions. He was apparently going to return it eventually, after making enough money.
It’s a pity Mintoo chose to apply his genius in this way, surely someone capable of this amount of planning could have stuck it out in the entrepreneurial world and eventually succeeded the right way.