Pune: Striking up a conversation with a stranger in a bank cost an employee dearly when he handed a bag containing Rs3.12 lakh cash to the conman who duped him posing as his employer's friend. A police complaint has been registered at Swargate police station in this regard.
The shocking incident took place at Bank of India's Tilak Road branch when complainant Gurunath Mallinath Munadi (18years,) who works in R A Mulani and Company, went to the branch to deposit cash of Rs3.12 lakh.
While waiting in the queue for depositing money at the bank, a man struck up a conversation with him. "He was standing right behind me in the queue and asked me about my job. When I gave him the details, he said that he knew my boss and asked me for his phone number. He later pretended to call him and hung up. He told me his name as Raju and that he lives on third floor of the building opposite to the bank. He told me to deliver a cheque to his wife and get cash which I was supposed to deposit in my employer's account," said Gurunath.
An HSC student, Gurunath had joined the duty only a few days ago and didn't know his employer's business contacts. "I believed him and he said he will fill in a fresh paying slip and wait in the queue till I get the cash. I quickly dashed across the road but on reaching third floor, I realised the con as he didn't live there. But it was too late and he had disappeared. I then lodged a police complaint and on providing it at branch, bank employees checked CCTV footage to give us images of the conman," he added.