Misled into believing that her husband had left her lakhs in insurance money without telling her, a 71-year-old widow was cheated of her gold jewellery by an enterprising, middle-aged conman in south Delhi.
Minati Bose was going about her daily chores when the smartly dressed cheater, posing as an insurance salesman, landed at her Kailash Colony home on Thursday. “He introduced himself as an LIC agent and said that their office had received a cheque worth Rs. 7.64 lakh addressed to me. The money, he said, had been deposited by my husband,” Bose told police.
The victim’s husband, Sanjit Kumar Bose, according to sources, had retired as a Section Officer in the Auditing Department of the Government of India shortly before passing away in 2005.
Bose stays alone at her residence since both her daughters are away: One in Gujarat and the other in the US.
“The man, who seemed to have been aged between 50 and 55, asked me for an ID and I showed him my passport. He said that I needed to give him a photocopy of the same along with around Rs. 1.5 lakh as payment to claim my cheque,” Bose said.
“Since I didn’t have that much cash, he said the jewellery I was wearing — a gold chain and a pair of bangles, would do. He took them and said he would return after getting them weighed to gauge their value. But he didn’t.”
A case of cheating has been lodged at the Greater Kailash police station and investigations, despite no CCTV footage or even the assailant’s fingerprints having been recovered from the spot, are underway.