The Sahar police on Wednesday registered a First Information Report based on Patole’s complaint and are on the lookout for the two fraudsters who are suspected to be part of a larger racket.
“We are going through the CCTV footage of the ATM kiosk to identify the two accused,” said a police officer.
The fraud took place on March 25, when Patole entered the ATM kiosk of a nationalized bank at Marol Naka at 1.40 pm to withdraw money to buy medicines for his wife.
“Four men were already inside the kiosk, which has three cash-dispensing and one passbook update machine. Patole said the two men were asking him to hurry up with his cash withdrawal and in the scuffle, took away his debit card. Replaced it with an inactive card,” said. Police officer. “As his transaction failed, Patole left the kiosk and after a few minutes, he received four messages of transactions totaling Rs 75,024 done from his bank account,” the official said.
“I noticed that my card was flicked only after I got four withdrawal messages on my phone,” Patole told TOI. “The first withdrawal was Rs 50,000 at 1.49 pm, the second was Rs 10,000 at 1.50 pm, the third was Rs 10,000 at 1.51 pm and the last at 1.52 pm was Rs 5,024.78. I was saving money from selling milk and was paying for my wife’s treatment. dairy products who suffer from age-related health problems.”
Patole told the Sahar police that he noticed that the two men had several debit cards, but did not think much of it at the time as he was worried about his wife’s health.