Cops Have Tough Job On Hand As Swindle Season Catches On
Two people took Rs 1.48 lakh from a resident of Vikhroli, promising to install two cellphone towers on the terrace of his property. The incident is being investigated by the economic offences wing (EOW) of the police as the man has not heard from the duo since then and is yet to see the towers.
The man, Vinay Pariskar, told the EOW that he came across a newspaper advertisement by two companies, Evergreen Mobile Tower and Hindustan Mobile Tower. “Pariskar dialed the numbers given in the ad and spoke to the companies’ representatives. They told Pariskar that to have a cell tower installed, he would have to deposit a security amount, government taxes and installation charges, which collectively amounted to Rs 1.48 lakh,” said an EOW officer. “In turn, he was to get Rs 75,000 and Rs 85,000 as rent for the two towers from network service providers.”
Pariskar, whose property has an area of 4,000 sq ft, was given a bank account number and asked to first deposit Rs 25,000 to initiate the tower installation process. Soon, the two representatives asked for the remaining amount, saying they needed it to get the project sanctioned by the government. Pariskar did as told, never once meeting the representatives and speaking to them only on phone.
During the investigation, EOW officers learnt that the accused had used fake documents to open the bank account in which Pariskar deposited money. The accused withdrew the money before disappearing.
Last year, the EOW registered a case in which an old woman was cheated of Rs 1.8 crore in similar circumstances; the EOW is yet to make a breakthrough in the case. The woman was visited by the accused, who convinced her to install a cell tower on her property, saying it would fetch high rent. She fell for the con.
The Times of India, December 12, 2013