A woman was duped of Rs. 4.8 lakh by an unidentified conman who withdrew money from her bank account with the help of a counterfeit cheque.
Neeta Garg, the victim, is a resident of Sector 15.
This is a second such incident reported this month from the Punjab National Bank (PNB) branch situated at Ramlila Ground, Gurgaon.
On June 6, an elderly woman — a retired gazetted officer — filed an FIR against the bank after around Rs. 6 lakh were withdrawn from her account using the same ploy.
“I became aware of the loss on June 16 when I visited the PNB branch at Ramlila Ground. While getting my passbook updated, I happened to check the entries and was shocked to see transactions I had never undertaken,” said Garg.
“According to account entries on June 15, the opening balance was Rs. 7.45 lakh, however cheque number ‘351974’, by which Rs. 4.8 lakh was transferred to one Anil Kumar’s account, is still lying blank with me. On enquiring from the bank officials I learnt that the cloned cheque had been cleared by the PNB branch in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh,” added Garg.
“I immediately informed the bank officials about the fraud. However, the bank staff did not cooperate, delaying the investigation,” she added.
The victim also alleged that the branch officials could be involved in the fraud as it appeared that the fraudster was aware of confidential details like account number and balance.
“It appears that bank officials could be in cahoots with the conman as he even got away with cloning my cheque,” said Garg. “I have asked the bank to reverse the amount in my account together with interest, otherwise I will be compelled to take legal action against them,” said Garg.