The cyber cell of the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Mumbai police recently arrested a college drop-out from Delhi who is part of a larger gang that allegedly duped an 81-year-old doctor from Malabar Hill of Rs 6.1 lakh.
The 31-year-old accused Harish Sharma posed had made a fake Delhi voter id card and used it to make a fake pan card which he used to open a bank account under a false name. He then started to work with a gang who would dupe people into believing that an old insurance policy of theirs was going to lapse unless they paid up soon. Sharma would let the gang use his bank account and would instead be given a commission of 10% on the total amount of each transaction.
On investigating the case, the EOW officials found details of about 50 transactions and over Rs 1 crore in the account. Sharma and his aides were earlier arrested by Delhi police in a similar case.
Recently, one of Sharma’s gang members, who is absconding, called up the city doctor pretending to be an official from a private bank where the doctor had bought an insurance policy from. The conman told the doctor that the policy for Rs15 lakh was to mature in three years but would lapse unless he paid the premium of Rs 2.8 lakh for it. The doctor assumed that it was some policy that he had forgotten about and transferred the money to Sharma’s account. Later, the gang made the doctor pay up around Rs4 lakh more when he smelled a rat and filed an FIR with the Malabar Hill police in April after which the EOW took over the case.