HYDERABAD: A 65-year-old, retired man’s bank account has been quietly wiped out by the fraudsters. All the transactions were done through cheques and the fraudsters managed to take away Rs 48 lakh from his account.
Syed Misbahuddin, the resident of Abids with a non-resident external (NRE) account, used to work in Dubai. He used to send the major portion of his salary to his home.
“We were saving money for my daughter’s marriage, and I had withdrawn Rs 8 lakh from my account on November 22 for the wedding,” said Misbahuddin.
He came to know about the fraud only when a bank employee approached him and asked him whether he had withdrawn Rs 48, 15,303 from his account.
Misbah said.”We were shocked and when I rushed to the bank, I learned that Rs 9.21lakh was withdrawn on December 16. Subsequently, money was siphoned off from my account on December 20, 22 and 26.”
He lost Rs 8.71 lakh on December 20. On December 22 Rs 9.11 lakh was taken and on December 26, he lost Rs 21,12,300 from his account.
According to the bank statement, the cheques were deposited in the names of Pawan Kumar Jain, Harvik Enterprises, and Sagar Ramesh Soni.
Misbah said that he had exhausted his cheque book in November. He said. “When I contacted the bank officials, they told me that they had issued fresh cheque books in my name. Someone had obviously forged my signature.”
Misbahuddin lodged a police complaint at the Abids police station.T Rambabu, sub-inspector, Abids police station said. “We are investigating the complaint and will track down the culprits soon.”