A youth from Kalayarkoil in Sivaganga district was duped by two persons, who took away Rs.4,000 and one sovereign of gold from him in exchange of an imitation diamond necklace, at Arapalayam on Monday.

The victim had alighted from a bus at the Arapalayam bus stand. Two unidentified persons approached him for help, saying 10 Sri Lankan women were urgently in need of money to go to Tuticorin. They were ready to part with a ‘diamond’ necklace for a paltry sum, they said. They lured the youth to give Rs.4,000 and one-sovereign gold chain for the necklace. Later when he checked the necklace, he found it to be imitation jewellery. But, by then, the duo had vanished.