Thane Crime: Fraudster flees with Rs 6 lakh after promising change
The owner of a publishing house and the proprietor of a medical shop was cheated of Rs 6 lakh after a crook promised to get him Rs 100 notes in exchange
It seems that the government’s decision to demonetise high value currencies is giving fraudsters a free run. Desperate for change, people are easily falling prey to them. The owner of a publishing house and the proprietor of a medical shop was cheated of Rs 6 lakh after a crook promised to get him Rs 100 notes in exchange.
The complainant Vishnu Joshi (47) is a resident of Kalwa. The second victim is Yasin Khan, who owns a medical shop in Bhiwandi.
The incident took place on Thursday morning when the duo was waiting outside an SBI branch near Thane station. “The duo met a watchman, Sanjay Chavan, standing outside the ATM. He told them that he knew a person who would exchange the defunct currencies for Rs 100. Thereafter, Joshi and Khan met the unknown person, who was introduced to them by Chavan,” said an officer from Thane Nagar police station.
The duo met the unknown person at 11 am on Thursday. He then took them to the Thane railway station. “Joshi gave him Rs 5 lakh, while Khan handed him Rs 1 lakh. The accused told them that he would get the change from the railway ticket counter and return soon. Joshi wanted to go with him but the accused told him that as there were CCTV cameras installed at the counter, it might create some problem. Thereafter, he left with the money and did not return. The duo then filed a police complaint,” added the officer.
Senior PI MV Dharmadhikari from Thane Nagar police station said, “Many such fraudsters have become active after the demonetisation. People should approach banks to get currencies exchanged.” He added, “We have detained Chavan, who claims that he met the accused only once and was not aware that he’s a fraudster.”
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