Over 50 people, including event management coordinators and students from a reputed college in Ghatkopar, were cheated by a young woman on the pretext of giving them event jobs for an IPL match held in Mumbai last week.
The woman, who had identified herself as Alisha Ahmed, had made her victims deposit Rs1,000 each in her bank account in Vasai. While she had asked all of them to assemble at Andheri railway station last week, she never turned up. Khan later switched off her mobile phone.
According to the students, who are from different parts of the city, and the event coordinators, Khan had got in touch with them via WhatsApp, offering them jobs at the IPL match venue. She apparently promised to pay them between Rs4,000 and Rs8,000 for the day-long event.
Kandivli resident Priyanka Panikar, an event management coordinator, said, "Initially, she started informing me about various events which I ignored. But when she sent messages regarding the cricket match and asked me to provide some boys and girls to work for the event, I thought it was a good opportunity."
Panikar said Khan asked her to deposit Rs1,000 in an account number. When she did not show up at the Andheri railway station on May 8, all those who had gone there to meet with her soon found out that they had been conned.
"Later, some of us went to Manickpur police station to file a complaint, where we were told that a lot of the victims had already approached them. A few complaints have been filed at Kalyan police station too," said Panikar.
Pratik Kapasi, a student of the Ghatkopar college, said first Khan asked him to meet her on May 3, but then changed the date May 6. "She again postponed the meeting by two days. After May 8, she switched off her mobile. In fact, at the station, I realised that Khan had cheated a lot of students and coordinators. I then informed my parents."
Now, the victims are hoping the police will track Khan soon. Ritika Rao (name changed) from the Ghatkopar college said she was embarrassed to tell her parents that she had been duped. "The police must nab her and punish her."
Sub-inspector M M Kamble of Manickpur police station, Vasai, said nearly 40 people have approached them in the matter. "We have not been able to finish our investigation due to election work. Once we have the details, we will register an FIR against Khan."