The Mumbai Police Crime Branch have arrested three men for allegedly cheating a woman into paying them Rs 50,000 by posing as employees of her insurance company. The police said the trio were former employees of the insurance company, and decided to use the database of the firm to hoodwink its customers.
According to Crime Branch officers, Anuradha Patil (36), a resident of Charkop, received a call around 10 days ago from a man claiming to be from her insurance company. “The caller told her that her insurance premium of Rs 50,000 was due and that he would send agents to her residence to collect it. Accordingly, three men reached her house and she paid them Rs 50,000 in cash. The men gave her a receipt. Around a week later, Patil received another call from her insurance company about her premium. When she told the caller that she had already paid the premium, they told her that they had not received any payment. Patil realised that she had been duped and registered a complaint,” said an officer with the Crime Branch’s Unit XI.
The police then traced the registration details of the cell phone number from which the imposters had called Patil and identified him as Kamlesh Makwana (26), a call centre employee. Following his interrogation, the police arrested his colleagues, Amit Dhorajiwala (28) and Chandan Yadav (26). The police said Makwana made the call to Patil and the trio then went to her house posing as collection agents.
During interrogation, the accused told the police that they used to work for Patil’s insurance company before switching to a call centre. “The accused have told us that they had the database of the customers of the company and knew who could be easy targets,” said police sub-inspector Mohan Herpude of Crime Branch Unit XI.
Herpude added that the accused had cheated several others using the same modus operandi. “They told us that as their earnings would be spent in household expenses, they used the money obtained through this scam to repay loans and to take women out on dates,” he said.
The men have been cheating several people using this modus operandi. The trio have been handed over to the Charkop police for further inquiries, the police said.