Pune: A 28-year-old businessman, tempted by a doubtful SMS providing low-cost overseas trade, discovered himself cheated out of Rs2 lakh.
The incident occurred on September 16 at Sainagar close to Bibvewadi, the place the businessman, Shekhar Mulik, met a person and exchanged a bag containing Rs2 lakh in money for a newspaper packet purportedly containing UAE dirham notes. Because it turned out, the packet contained truffles of detergent as a substitute. Mulik approached the police on Sunday.
As per the grievance, Mulik — a uncooked materials provider to meals courts and cafeterias in malls and software program firm — got here throughout an SMS, which contained a hyperlink and a cellphone quantity, and provided dirham at a low price of trade.
“Mulik’s pal had first acquired the textual content message. He forwarded it to Mulik,” assistant inspector Rajesh Usgaonkar of the Bibvewadi police mentioned, including, “He had no plan of going to the UAE, however was tempted by the low price.”
Mulik referred to as the quantity within the SMS after which, emptied his financial savings account and additional, borrowed cash from a pal. At 7pm, Mulik and a pal went to Kondhwa, the place they met a person. “The person counted the money and informed Mulik to fulfill one other man, who was ready with the foreign exchange, in Sainagar,” the FIR said.
As per the FIR, they reached the spot at 8pm and met a person, who took the bag of money from Mulik and handed over a red-coloured plastic bag. Mulik instantly discovered that there have been two detergent truffles as a substitute of dirham notes and tried to take again his bag. The suspect shoved Mulik and his pal and fled the spot. Mulik and his pal tried to provide chase, however in useless, police mentioned.
“We now have booked two males and are looking for them. We now have obtained some clues, together with the telephone variety of one of many suspects that was talked about within the SMS,” Usgaonkar mentioned.