Three held for conning parents of youths working abroad

Special Correspondent

There were a few such instances which went unreported

TAMBARAM: Personnel of the Chennai Airport Police Station on Monday arrested three men for tricking and cheating a 62-year-old man of gold jewellery.

A press release said N. Ramalingam of Andimadam in Perambalur district lodged a complaint with the airport police that on August 7 he got a call over his neighbour’s landline phone.

The caller’s voice was similar to that of his son Kumaresan employed in Kuwait. Ramalingam was instructed to come to Chennai airport with as much jewellery and cash as possible and collect a parcel from two men arriving from Kuwait at the international terminal. The caller did not tell him what the parcel contained. The victim was also asked to open it only in his house and not anywhere inside the airport.

He was also told not to disclose details of the conversation to others and not to try and call him (his son) back. Convinced that the caller was actually his son, Ramalingam reached the airport the next morning and met the men, who handed over the parcel to him and left.

The unsuspecting victim also handed over gold jewellery weighing 15 sovereigns to the men.

Only when he opened the parcel did he realise he had been cheated as it contained only metal and paper scrap.

Following the complaint, police combed areas around the airport and on Monday picked up Subramanian (44) and Vadivel (43) of Sivaganga district and Sammandam (62) of Pallavaram.

Subramanian and Vadivel would speak to parents of youths working in foreign countries, posing as their children, and convince them to part with cash and jewellery in exchange for a parcel containing expensive gifts.

While police have received only one complaint, investigations revealed that the men had cheated parents of three more youths working abroad. They had recovered 15 sovereigns of jewellery from the men.

Job racket

Subramanian and Vadivel were involved in a job racket case in Pudukottai district while Sammandam had served a jail sentence in a case relating to forgery of documents, police said.

They were gathering information about other victims who had fallen prey to this group, police added.

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