A 19-year-old boy, Naresh Paka, chased down 35-year-old con man who tried to use the chaos and confusion of the demonetisation drive to cheat him of Rs2,000 at an ATM.
According to the police, the accused, Sarfaraz Siraj Khan, is a resident of Agripada.
An officer from Nagpada police station, who did not wish to be named, said, “His modus operandi was to stand in long queues at ATMs and keep an eye on people withdrawing money.”
He said that since demonetisation was announced, ATMs have been functioning slowly and hanging often. As soon as Khan noticed a person having difficulty withdrawing cash, he would go inside on the pretext of helping them, the officer said.
“He would ask his victim to insert the card again and inserting the pin number. Then, he would say that the machine has stalled again. He would then pretend to withdraw money using his own ATM card. But after the victim stepped out of the kiosk, he would withdraw money from their account,” added the officer.
However, Khan eventually chose the wrong person to con. When he withdrew Rs2,000 from Paka’s account, the 19-year-old immediately got a message on his phone. Incensed, he chased Khan for more than a kilometre.
“Paka was scared to confront Khan alone, so he found a police patrolling van. He narrated the incident to the police, after which they arrested Khan,” said an officer.
The police said that Khan has more than seven cases registered against him, for similar crimes, at various police stations in south Mumbai.
He been booked under Section 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code and has been remanded in the custody of the Agripada police.
November 25: A 63-year-old SoBo businessman was duped of Rs 57.5 lakhs by three men who said they would help him buy a house using his old Rs500 and Rs1,000 notes.
November 20: The Pydhonie police arrested two men who took advantage of the crowds at banks to deposit 93 fake Rs1,000 notes in Punjab and Maharashtra Co-Operative Bank.
November 15: A builder was duped of Rs 3 crore in demonitised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes by five men who promised to exchange them for him at a private-sector bank. Investigations unearthed the role of a police officer and an alleged bank official in the scam. The police officer was suspended.
You can contact the Mumbai police on the following numbers
07738133133, 07738144144 (SMS)
022-22633333, 022-22623054 (call)
You can also tweet the police @MumbaiPolice