Gold Promised at Lower Price, Retired Professor Conned in Mumbai as Father-Son Duo Dupe Him of Rs 16 Lakh
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Mumbai, November 10: A son-father duo duped a 62-year-old retired professor from Mumbai of Rs 16 lakh by offering him to buy 1 kg gold at a lower price than the market. The police have arrested the 28-year-old son who has been identified as Swapnil Koli, while the 60-year-old Chandrakant is still on the run. The professor, Prakash Patil met the accused through a common friend in Sangli in 2017. According to a report published in The Times of India, the due claimed that they had 25 cores in their bank account and would invest the money in the sugar business. Earlier, the accused also lured the retired professor to buy land.

Koli and Chandrakant met the victim again in February at Mantralya and offered him to buy gold at a lower price. According to the report, Patil transferred the money into their bank account through RTGS. The money he transferred was part of the Rs 35 lakh loan which he had taken from a bank. The retired professor in his complaint said that the accused told him that they would get gold and alert him. However, they stopped attending his calls after which Patil approached the police. The police arrested Koli from Baramati on November 2 by tracing him from through his call data record (CDR) network location. Cyber Crime! Fake SMS asking to Click on Leads Gurugram Business Woman To Lose Rs. 76,000

As per the police, both Swapnil and his father had also cheated a Pune based businessman of Rs 1 crore by assuring him of converting his agricultural land into a residential plot. Both the accused used to travel in Black Sedan worth Rs 30 lakh to gain the trust of their victim and boasted about their political link by showing them photos which they clicked with ministers at Mantralaya, reported The Times of India.

Similarly, a 59-year-old real estate agent was duped of Rs 47 lakh by his female Facebook friend from America. The police booked the woman for cheating the real estate agent. As per the police, the accused Antheshia Smith, initially befriended the victim on Facebook and interacted with him for a few days. The accused showed her interested in investing in the real estate sector in Pune. The victim in his complaint mentioned that after chatting with each other for around 4-5 months, Smith came to the Delhi airport with gold and was caught by the customs officials. To rescue his friend from customs officials he transferred Rs 47 lakh to the given account number.