Pune: Beware of a call from a police officer who threatens to charge you with purchasing stolen ornaments and then demands money from you to nullify the case because the chances are that a fraudster is trying to con you by pretending to be a police officer.
The latest incident was reported at Swargate police station on Wednesday in which a 46-year-old businessman was duped of Rs 1.5 lakh by a conman posing as police inspector from Mumbai. The complainant Jitendra Rathod, a jeweller from Shankarsheth Road, received the first call from the impersonator on September 8.
The conman threatened him with a criminal case of buying stolen gold. PSI Samadhan Kadam of Swargate police station, said, “The impersonator then demanded Rs 1.5 lakh from him if he doesn’t want to get arrested. The complainant got scared as the caller posed as a cop and surrendered to his demand.”
Kadam said that the impersonator asked the complainant to hand over the money to any cab driver coming to Mumbai from Pune railway station. He said, “On September 9, the complainant reached Pune station. He was asked by the impersonator to find a taxi coming to Mumbai and hand him over the money. The impersonator then spoke to that cab driver posing as cop and asked him to get the money to Mumbai.” Two days later, the complainant again received a call from the impersonator who then demanded gold. However, the complainant didn’t agreed to his demand and decided to approach the police.
“There are possibilities that he may have defrauded many others as well. It seems he got the number of the complainant from Internet. We have started our investigation and will arrest him soon,” added Kadam.