When a couple living in Malwani was given an offer to buy a 1+1 structure in the same area for only `14 lakh, they thought the deal was too good to resist.
But little did they know that the two men selling them the house would run away with the cash.
The two persons, who are cousins and in their early thirties, were arrested last week.
The victims Subash and Shanti Mahapatra, in their forties who work as chorus singers in the film industry, had shifted to Malwani around two years ago.
They lived in a rented flat after paying `4 lakh deposit money to the two accused, Tanvir Noor Mohamed Shaikh and Asif Qureshi.
The contract of their house was coming to an end and the couple demanded their deposit money back. But Shaikh and Qureshi told the couple that they had searched for a permanent house for them in Malwani.
They said the house was a 1+1 structure and they could rent out the room on the top and they could stay on the ground floor.
They demanded `10 lakh for the house and said that they would add their `4 lakh deposit amount because the new house was for `14 lakh.
The Mahapatras fell for the offer and gave them `10 lakh after taking a loan from their relatives, said the police. It was after a few weeks that the couple realised that they had been cheated as Shaikh and Qureshi did not answer their calls and refused to meet them.
“The couple lodged a complaint against the duo. The two were arrested last week,” said Vaibhan Patil, police sub-inspector of Malwani police station.
“Following their arrest, a lot of people approached us and told us that they also had been cheated by the two in a similar modus operandi. So far, we have found out that the two have cheated around 10 persons of more than `90 lakh,” he added.
The police suspect that the family of the accused could also be involved in the cheating.