Dr B Thomas (Special Correspondent)
It was a double whammy for a 54-year-old businessman who not only lost his phone while travelling in a train but also Rs.43,000 to the thief online.
Senior officer told reporters,Rajashekhara MM,resident of Peenya 2nd stage came to know when he went to his bank to check for balance and found a total Rs.43,305 has been deducted .
He told the police that while travelling in a train on August 31,he lost his mobile phone.The thieves two days later called one of his relative using the contact list claiming that the caller is from Chikkamagaluru police and informed that the phone has been recovered from them.
Through the relatives,they managed to approach Rajashekhara and asked him details of the phones including password on the pretext of verification.
Excited that he has found the stolen phone and trusting the caller as policeman Rajashekhara shared the details including the password using which the accused transferred Rs 43,305.
The police are on the lookout for the the accused using the transactions details .
Last month,Amruthahalli police registered a case against a man,who pretended to be interested in sharing an apartment with a bank employee and stole his phone and withdrew Rs.50,000 through the Unified Payment Interface.
The victim,Ashtosh Mishra,an employee with a private bank,was staying in a rented apartment in Byatarayanapura.Mr.Mishra had placed an ad on his social media account offering to share the apartment to save on rent.