Two junior artists held for loan scam

Had made Rs 5 lakh by duping colleagues and general public

Two junior artists from Bollywood film fraternity allegedly duped around 50 people on the pretext of providing personal loans and charging them processing fees ranging from Rs 5,000 to 25,000.

Nasim Khan (20), resident of Saki Naka and Mohammad Ansari (23), resident of Goregaon (east), who worked as junior artists in Bollywood doing small time roles  were arrested in Saki Naka yesterday.

The incident came to light after Leena Londe, resident of Khar, approached the police and narrated how the duo took Rs 20,000 from her as processing fees when she approached them for a personal loan. "They took processing fees from the victim after promising a loan to her. After taking the money, the duo stopped answering the victims' repeated calls. That's when she approached the police," said a police officer from Saki Naka police station.

According to the police, the duo pasted pamphlets on local trains promising 'personal loans in 24 hours'. A mobile number was also advertised on the pamphlet. When people started approaching them, they promised personal loans by asking for processing fees. Once the processing fee was paid, they switched their mobile phones off and were untraceable.

"To provide credibility to the scheming con, they created a fake website and put photographs of suburban guardian minister, Arif Naseem Khan on their website. They also informed victims, that the minister was the financier of the loan. They used the minister's name, only to gain the victims' trust," said senior police inspector, S Dhanedhar of the Saki Naka police station.

 "So far we have calculated Rs 5 lakh as the amount taken by the duo. 50 people have approached the police and lodged complaints against them and most of the victims work in film industry as junior artists," said Dhanedhar.

Did you know?
>> There are 10,000 members registered with the Junior Artists association in Mumbai

>> Junior artists are classified into three categories - Class A, B and C - on the basis of their acting capability and are paid accordingly.

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