Con artist cooks up flat purchase scheme, dupes woman of jewellery
The Wanowrie police have booked a person who gained the confidence of a woman and convinced her to part with her jewellery to buy a flat in Mumbai. The police said the woman realised she had been cheated when the person, identified as Arif Khan, fled with her belongings.
According to the police complaint, it all started after complainant Rijwana Sajjad Bargir (41), a resident of Jambhulkar Chowk, Wanawadi, published her contact number on a matrimonial website in connection with the marriage of a relative. Khan contacted her in this connection and later continued calling her and even began chatting with her on a social networking website. The police said Khan gained the complainant’s trust and informed her that his friend wanted to sell his flat at Marine Drive in Mumbai for Rs 2.5 crore.
Raising the money
Khan allegedly convinced the complainant that they would purchase his friend’s flat jointly as he alone was unable to come up with the money for it.
The police said Khan came to the city to collect token money from the complainant. “After collecting Rs 75,000 in cash from the complainant, both had planned to go to Mumbai so that she could see the flat,” PSI S N Hulwan from the Wanowrie police station said.
“When they met on October 20, Rijwana took the Rs 75,000 from her home and ornaments from the IDBI branch of Wanowrie. Later they both went to Satara to collect her ornaments from the Sainik Sahakari Bank there. After collecting ornaments worth Rs 2.35 lakh, they came back to Pune. When they were near Wanowrie, Arif got off the taxi to take an auto and ran away with the bag containing gold jewellery and cash.
When the complainant contacted him on his mobile, he assured her things were all right and asked her to come back home. But as he failed to return, Bargir filed a complaint.” Hulwan said the woman had not noted down Khan’s address or other details.