Two persons defrauded with ‘magic pen’ in Bhubaneswar


Bhubaneswar: As hacking bank accounts have become a tough task, miscreants have nowadays adopted a new modus operandi to defraud money from people by using magic pens.

Two similar cases have reportedly come to fore after the victims approached the police regarding the incidents.

In the first incident, a city-based trader was defrauded of Rs 76,500 allegedly by the use of a magic pen.

In March, Krushna Kumar Padhi had received a phone call from a person, who identified himself as the Sales Manager of HDFC Bank, Bhubaneswar. He then offered the victim to open a Cash Credit Account or a Business Account.

The accused later collected photocopies of Padhi’s PAN Card, G.S.T. Number, Voter Identity Card, Rent Agreement, one passport size photograph, gas connection card. During the process, Padhi had signed a cheque which helped the accused to take away Rs 76,500 from the former’s account.

In a similar incident, Somanath Sahu, a resident of Jagamara area, was duped of Rs 22, 500 by use of a pen with erasable ink.

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