The Khar police on Monday registered a case of cheating against three men for cheating a south Mumbai-based money exchange agency of $ 4,240 (approximately Rs 2 lakh).
The police said a man claiming to be one Sanjay Ahuja called the office of Centrum Direct Ltd, a money exchange firm near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, and asked for $4,240 in exchange of Rs 2 lakh.
He asked the firm to deliver the money at his residence on Link Road in Khar (West).
A firm staffers, Santosh Shirke (32), went to deliver the money. When he could not find Ahuja’s flat, he called him up. Ahuja came in a Tavera with another man and a driver and met Shirke in a lane.
A source requesting anonymity said Ahuja took the foreign currency from Shirke and promised to bring Rs 2 lakh from his flat. Ahuja asked Shirke to wait in his car.
“When Ahuja did not return after a long time, Shirke went in search of him in the building. However, the residents denied that any person with that name stays in the building,” said Inspector B. Mukhedkar of Khar police station.
When Shirke returned, he found Ahuja’s car also missing. He lodged a complaint with the Khar police station.
The police, however, suspect foul play as foreign exchange firms do transactions only with the people they know. Also, the allegation that the executive handed the money in a lane has increased the police’s suspicion as money exchangers hand money mainly at homes.