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In Bengaluru’s Vijayanagar district, a gang of five, including two women, defrauded an elderly man of Rs 94,000. According to the article, the 86-year-old was duped through a “senior citizen benefit scheme.” The con artists convinced the victim that he had been approved for Rs 3.5 lakh under the scheme.
Suresh (name changed) of Vijayanagar received a call from an unknown person (called Sonia Singh) who informed him that he had been granted Rs 3.5 lakh under the senior citizen plan, according to his complaint to the city police. Another woman, Anamika Sharma, called him to obtain his bank account information.
Suresh went on to say that the suspect never called him till February 2021. In the first week of March, he received a phone call from a man informing him that he had been granted Rs 3.5 lakh under the senior citizen scheme.
The culprit initially requested Rs 20,999 from the old man as a service charge, which the victim paid. Then two additional defendants called to inform him that the scheme had been approved. Suresh attempted to call the team, and Anamika informed him that the funds will be released soon.
After two months, another person named as Sudeep Tyagi called Suresh and sought Rs 73,000 in service charges. Suresh becomes concerned when another person calls the elderly guy and demands Rs 50,000.
Suresh stated in his police statement, “Suspecting foul play, I told Malhotra that I didn’t need Rs 6.2 lakh and requested him to return the money I had transferred to them.” According to the Times of India, “he immediately disconnected the call.”