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Paytm founder alleges impersonation by serial entrepreneur

Paytm founder alleges impersonation by serial entrepreneur

Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Paytm founder, has alleged that the head of the Vuzelaa Group, Sahil Arora, impersonated him and sent emails.

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Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Paytm founder, tweeted alleging that a person named Sahil is impersonating him and sending fake emails from a similar mail ID. He also alleges that Sahil tried to raise funds using Paytm’s name.

When CSO Online contacted Vijay Shekhar Sharma, he responded: “From what we got to know, @TheSahilsays is the person. He was raising money claiming my support on basis of fake email."

Earlier today morning, Sharma tweeted: “Warning! Just learnt that some Sahil is faking myself and sending emails from looking like my emails.”

Sharma later informed via microblogging site Twitter that he is exploring ways of legal action. And tweeted, “Pls be aware. Don't accept such fake email address and content as mail from me. This is quite a scam to raise money! Exploring legal action.”

Sharma explained in his tweet that he owns One97MobilityFund.com but Arora's fake account reads One97Mobility.com and Arora has been sending emails through the later.

Sahil Arora has been previously accused of scamming and impersonating people and defaulting on various payments. Arora is a serial entrepreneur and a TEDx speaker. Arora's Vuzelaa Group has multiple startups under its banner and he raised a funding of about USD 40,000 at the age of 17. Arora's official Twitter account has about 12.3k followers. 

 

“This amounts to cyber-crime of “Personation for cheating” under section 66D of the IT Act, 2000 and mandates imprisonment up to three years and penalty up to Rs 5 lakh or both."

 

  Prashant Mali, Bombay High Court lawyer and Cyber Policy Expert

“This amounts to cyber-crime of “Punishment for cheating by personation by using computer resource” under section 66D of the IT Act, 2000 and mandates imprisonment up to three years and penalty up to Rs 5 lakh or both. It is also a cognizable offense,” said Prashant Mali, Bombay High Court lawyer and cyber policy expert. 

A thread on a popular discussion forum, Quora alleged that both the Founders of the Vuzelaa Group, Sahil Arora and Rishi Arora, are payment defaulters. 

According to Roshan, a Quora user, “He is just a fraud, another kid just trying to make money without thinking about the consequences he might be facing in the future.” 

 

“From what we got to know, @TheSahilsays is the person. He was raising money claiming my support on basis of fake email."

 

                                                   Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder, Paytm

Another user on the same platform, Vidit Kalra said, “Sahil Arora and Rishi Arora - Directors of The Vuzelaa Group are Payment Defaulters. They have rented a MacBook Air from our company, Nexus Solutions. All their payments have bounced and our rented Macbook Air is also in their possession. Moreover, nobody is willing to answer our calls. It is a humble request for everyone to spread this message so that such instances are unmasked and no other company or an individual is conned in such a way.” 

CSO Online tried to contact Sahil Arora, but there was no response.

Edited by : Vaishnavi J Desai

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