Two men were arrested for allegedly duping an elderly person of Rs 99,000 under the pretext of helping him deposit the money in an ATM near the Dindoshi court of sessions in Malad (east), police said.
The plaintiff, Kishorilal Bissa, 60, who manages collection and banking activities for a marketing company, had gone to the ATM to deposit the company’s money on July 7 when he was duped by the two accused Ramesh Devangaon, 32, driver, and Feroz Pathan, 35, owner of a poultry shop, both from Ghansoli, Kurar police said.
“After Bissa put the money into the Automated Deposit and Withdrawal Machine (ADWM) and it was counted by the machine, one of the two defendants, under the guise of helping, told the person old that the money had been deposited. The accused would not have pressed the required confirmation button to deposit the money. When Bissa said he wanted to wait for the receipt, the second defendant allegedly came from behind and pretended to be in a hurry. The two defendants also convinced Bissa that the deposit receipt had not been issued because the reel of paper in the ADWM was finished and that he should contact the bank for this, ”said a police officer at the station. Kurar police.
After Bissa left the kiosk, API Bajirao Naik said, the accused pressed the cancel button to stop the transaction and ran off with the money. The defendants were found on the basis of CCTV camera images and were subsequently arrested. The men had come to the ATM with another accused in a car, police said.
“The defendants are only targeting the elderly in ATM kiosks without security guards,” Chief Inspector Prakash Bele said. So far they have duped several people in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane.