Ex-DSP duped of ₹22 lakh on pretext of LIC bonus

‘Cheats had details of victim’s policies’

A 63-year-old retired Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) was allegedly duped of ₹22 lakh on the pretext of transfer of “bonus money” he had earned by being loyal to a life insurance company, the police said on Thursday.

‘Loyalty bonus’

Ranabir Mukherjee, who was with the West Bengal police, had in a complaint to the Delhi Police stated that he received a call on May 30 from a man who claimed to be an LIC agent from Parliament Street and assured him of “loyalty bonus”. The caller even had details of LIC policies.

“The caller told me that I am a bona fide LIC customer who pays a lot of premiums every year. He asked me to send a cheque of ₹25,000 to LIC at its headquarters in Mumbai along with a photo and ID proofs to open an account for 45 days. He claimed that my bonus amount will get reimbursed to this account by that time,” the victim stated in his police complaint.

Over a period of nearly six months, Mr. Mukherjee transferred ₹22 lakh into multiple accounts.

When he checked the status of his insurance policies and the “bonus” from LIC, the company executives denied having made any call promising a bonus.

‘Security money’

“I was contacted by three agents, including a woman, over telephone. They introduced themselves as employees of the insurance company. They promised me a huge bonus on my insurance policies and instructed me to deposit the security money,” stated the complainant.

Mr. Mukherjee added that the accused stopped taking his calls after September and he did not receive any documents from them either.

FIR registered

The police said a first information report has been registered with the Crime Branch under relevant sections of the IPC based on the complaint.

The case is under investigation, they said.

“We are getting details of the account in which money was transferred in various branches in Delhi,” said a police officer.

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