Conman dupes driver of Rs 26,000, ruins his son's academic future

Navnath Dolre furnished details of his account, debit card and ATM pin to the fraudster who took them on the pretext of cross-checking them with the bank’s system

His dream of making his son a computer engineer got shattered, as the money Navnath Dorle (40) had been saving for Tushar’s admission was siphoned off from his bank account.

Navnath, a resident of Lohegaon, received a call on May 26 around 3.30 pm. The person claimed to be a telecaller from the bank in which he had an account. The conman told him that it was a verification call and he would like to cross-check Navnath’s bank and debit card details with the ones mentioned in the bank’s system.

Cleared in minutes
Within 30 minutes of receiving the call, Navnath got an SMS alert from the bank stating that Rs 26,567 had been transferred from his account. He rushed to the Lohegaon police chowki to lodge a compliant, but alleged that the officials refused to register his case.

Navnath said, “The telecaller asked for my bank account number, debit card number and my ATM pin. Later, I received an SMS stating that Rs 26,567 had been debited from my account. I rushed to the nearest police chowki and showed the message to the police officer. But he refused to lodge the complaint. He told me that my money was gone and it can’t be recovered.”

He added that despite repeated attempts to lodge a complaint, police officials kept on ignoring him. “Based on the suggestion of my employer, I contacted Manoj Patil DCP of Zone IV. It was only after his intervention that a case was registered in this matter on Monday.”

Navnath earns Rs 11,000 per month and had been saving for his son and daughter’s higher education. Navnath said he would now have to work in two shifts to recover the money, so that the financial loss does not cast a gloom on his children’s academic future.

Failing to recollect the case, Patil said, “Regardless of the case, if a victim is approaching the police then the station in-charge has to file an FIR and forward the case to the cyber cell. Any in-charge, who fails to do the needful, has to send a written explanation as to why he/she did not file the FIR. If the explanation is non-satisfactory then we take strict action against the

The Other Side

Senior Inspector Sanjay Shamsundar Kurundkar from Vimantal police station, under whose jurisdiction the Lohegaon police chowki falls, said, “We had received an application from Dorle on May 26, which was later forwarded to the cyber cell. The cell submitted its report to DCP Manoj Patil on Saturday. And based on his directives, we lodged a complaint of cheating under relevant section of the IPC and Section 66 (C) and (D) of the IT Act.”

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