An 81-year-old doctor from Malabar Hill, was reportedly cheated out of Rs 6.1 lakh by a 31-year-old college dropout from Delhi, who has been arrested by the cyber cell of the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai Police. Cops believe that he is part of a larger gang.
According to a report by Hindustan Times, the accused, Harish Sharma opened a bank account under a fake name after forging a Delhi voter ID card and using it to create a fake PAN card. Following that he along with a gang would dupe unsuspecting people with the following modus operandi - he would make them believe that an old insurance policy of theirs was going to lapse unless they paid up soon.
As per their arrangement, Sharma allowed the gang to use his bank account in exchange for a 10 per cent commission on the total amout of each transaction.
EOW officials discovered 50 transactions and over Rs 1 crore in his account. Sharma was arrested by Delhi Police earlier in a similar case.
How the gang duped the doctor
One of Harish Sharma's gang members, who is currently on the run called up the doctor, pretending to be an official from a private bank, where the victim had purchased an insurance policy form. He told him that the policy worth Rs 15 lakh, which will mature in 3 years would lapse unless he paid a Rs 2.8 lakh premium.
Assuming that it's some policy he had forgotten, the doctor transferred the money into Sharma's account. He became suspicious after he was made to pay Rs 4 lakh more and filed an FIR with the Malabar Hill police in April, after which the case went to the EOW.