Bhubaneswar: A conman Thursday duped a woman of Rs 50000 on the pretext of facilitating her a personal loan of Rs 3 lakh.
The victim, identified as Rashmita Raju of Aiginia under Khandagiri police station limits, runs a beauty parlour in Unit 6 in the city.
Rashmita received a phone call from a stranger who identified himself as an employee of a private financial firm, Reliance Finance Limited. He sought to know whether she wanted to take a loan from his firm. Subsequently, he advised her to arrange some documents like photo copies of Aadhaar card and bank passbook after she expressed her interest to avail a loan.
Later, the man asked her to provide seven blank cheques to process her loan. Accordingly, the conman Thursday reached her parlour and collected the documents and cheques. Later, he said he would go to the court complex to sign some papers needed for the loan. She also gave him Rs 25,000 to prepare the documents.
However, the imposter did not turn up until 4pm when she phoned him to know his whereabouts, but his mobile phone was fund switched off. Later, she got a message on her phone about withdrawal of Rs 25,000 from her BOB account. When she contacted the bank, she learned that the conman had forged her signature to withdraw her money.