Pl do not deal with unknown persons

2 ‘insurance agents’ held for cheating

TOI : 02/07/2012

Two persons were arrested for allegedly cheating people by posing as executives of an insurance company.

Praveen Kumar and Hukam Chand were held on Friday following probe into a complaint by a businessman, Masood Ahmed, who alleged he was cheated of Rs 1.43 lakh by two persons, Chhaya Sharma, deputy commissioner of police (South), said. Of the Rs 1.43 lakh, police has managed to recover Rs 95,000.

"They used to call clients of insurance companies whose premiums were due. On the pretext of collecting premium, they would visit houses and with the help of a ‘magic pen’, they would fill details in the cheque and offer the magic pen to the victim to sign. Later they would heat the cheque and as the ink would heat up, details filled in the cheque would disappear.

"The accused would then fill new details like name, amount and the date and withdraw the money from victim’s account," Sharma said. The complainant was approached by the duo on June 26 and obtained a cheque of Rs 7,300. Later, he was informed by his bank that Rs 1.43 lakh has been withdrawn by one Anil Dhama who had given a copy of his PAN card as identity and a mobile number.

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