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Miscreants rip trader off Rs 76,500 through ‘magic pen’ in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: In yet another case of cheque fraud through ‘magic pen’ having erasable ink, miscreants have ripped a trader off Rs 76, 500 in Balianta area here.

The victim has been identified as Krushna Kumar Padhi, a tyre showroom owner of the city.

As per a complaint filed by Padhi at Balianta Police Station, he received a phone call from 8902044509 number on March 3 in which the caller identified him as the Sales Manager of HDFC Bank, Bhubaneswar. The caller later offered Padhi to open a business account or CC account.

Later, on the same day, another person came to the tyre shop of Padhi and informed him about the modalities of the account opening and documents necessary for the same.

The next day another man identifying himself as the boss of the youth called up Padhi from 89022115269 and educated the later about the benefits of opening a business account and later sent a youth to collect required documents from Padhi from his shop.

As per the discussion, the youth visited Padhi’s shop again on March 6 at 11.34 am and collected all documents to open the account.

As per the allegation of the victim trader, two bank cheques of Kotak Mahindra bearing numbers 000016 and 000017 had been given with the ID and address proof documents to the youth were later used to defraud him. The youth erased the amount written by him on the cheques through a special kind of pen with erasable ink and put Rs 76,000 fraudulently to withdraw cash.

The cash was withdrawn from Padhi’s Current Account Number-6113081660 in the Kotak Mahindra bank.

The matter is under investigation now.

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