Mumbai: Conman uses fake Rs 2.13 lakh DD to swipe eight high-end watches

Victorinox Watch Company has registered a cheating case against an unidentified person for duping them of eight high-end watches. The cops alleged that the accused had ordered for eight high-end watches costing up to Rs 2.13 lakh, on a fake name and address.

Requesting anonymity, an officer from the Byculla police station said, “The watches were ordered (through the watchmaker’s website) on the name of one Vinit Shah. The person placing the order had asked the seller to get the watches to Vimal Co-operative Housing Society, near Sales Tax Office gate, Mazgaon.”

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However, after reaching the building with a colleague, the salesman and the complainant in the case, Bhagwant Todkar (45), called the accused, who then asked the salesman to wait near the gate. “The accused then arrived in a taxi (and not from the building) and took the watches.

In return, the accused handed over a demand draft (DD) of Rs 2.13 lakh to Todkar’s colleague and left in the same taxi. Todkar sensed something amiss about the DD and called his superior,” added a police official. Todkar’s superior then ordered him to get the DD verified at a nearby bank branch, and it was determined that the demand draft was a fake.

Inspector Chandrakant Thale from Byculla police station confirmed the matter and said, “Todkar then arrived at the police station to register a case. A case of forgery and cheating has been registered and investigations are in progress.” Todkar told mid-day, “As instructed by my superior, I went to deliver the watches along with one of my colleagues and the DD was handed over by the accused.

The accused came and left in a taxi, and we noticed that the DD was not drawn on his name, but some random company. After which, we contacted our superior and then later opted to seek the help of the police officials.” The unidentified accused has been booked under Sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of the Indian Penal Code.

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