freedom 251 mobile scam arrested:Mohit Goyal is once again in the headlines. The man behind the infamous Freedom 251 phone and a company called Ringing Bells has now been arrested for defrauding some people.
freedom 251 mobile scam arrested
Greater Noida-based Freedom 251 phone maker Mohit Goel has been arrested alleging his role in a Rs 45 lakh fraud. Goyal earlier set up a company called Ringing Bells Pvt Ltd and offered a smartphone at a promotional price of Rs 251. The phone was called Freedom 251. However, most of the consumers who booked or bought the smartphone were not given the same. Due to this, Goyal was arrested in 2017 on charges of cheating. In 2018, the police arrested him in a case of alleged extortion. This time Goyal was arrested for allegedly cheating in the dry fruits business.
According to a report in Times of India, Vikas Mittal of Indirapuram filed an FIR against Goyal and five others alleging fraud of Rs 41 lakh. He cheated Vikas Mittal of Rs 41 lakh and when the victim spoke to him, he was threatened. On August 19, the accused tried to crush Mittal with a car. Mittal was injured and on the same day he lodged a police complaint against Goyal.
On Monday, the police raided Goyal’s house in Greater Noida and arrested him. After the FIR, a team of Ghaziabad Police raided Goyal’s house and arrested him. Pandey reportedly said that five others were named in the FIR.
In 2017, Goyal made headlines when he offered to sell the world’s cheapest smartphone Freedom 251 for just Rs 251. The phone was heavily marketed and over 30,000 reservations were made for the phone. However, most of the buyers never got the smartphone. The company has reportedly offered refunds to customers who had booked the Freedom 251 earlier.
Days after Goyal announced the phone, government officials found that the product did not have BSI certification. It also accused Ringing Bells of fraud and non-payment of dues by customer service provider Cyfuture. However, the company claims to have delivered 5,000 units of the Freedom 251 to the customers.