Vadodara: A conman duped a hearing and speech impaired man living in Yakutpura and siphoned off Rs 70,046 from his bank account.
Ayaz Sheikh, who works as a computer operator at a company on Race Course Road, went to an SBI ATM near Mandvi on last Wednesday to withdraw money. As the machine did not dispense cash, an unidentified man who was present at the ATM kiosk offered to help Sheikh.
He took Sheikh’s ATM card and asked him to enter the personal identification number (PIN) after inserting the card, but the cash was not dispensed. The unidentified man stealthily swapped the ATM card with a different one before handing it back to Sheikh, who had no clue about the con.
Next morning, Sheikh received several messages informing him about money being debited from his bank account. By the time Sheikh and his mother reached the bank and could give an application to block the card, the conman had withdrawn Rs 70,046.
Later, when Sheikh’s sister Sartaj inspected the card, they realized it was not his ATM card. The family realized that the conman had switched the card and while Sheikh was entering the PIN, he must have memorized it. Later, the conman used Sheikh’s card to withdraw money and make purchases.
On Monday, Sheikh’s mother Fatimabibi registered a complaint of cheating at City police station.