Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Bank checks fraud in nick of time - DNA Mumbai - 04 Oct 2008

Quick thinking saved a multinational bank from being cheated to the tune of Rs9.87 lakh. Azad Maidan police have registered a case against unidentified persons for trying to cheat the Deutsche Bank.

Police officials said that a Rs561 cheque issued by Tata Teleservices Maharashtra Ltd’s (TTML) was stolen by some fraudster and the amount was changed to a whopping Rs9,87,500.

Senior inspector Prakash Shishupal, Azad Maidan police station, said that the matter came to light on September 30, when the cheque, which was in the name of one Mary Nelson D’Souza, was deposited in Deutsche Bank’s Fort branch. The cheque was transferred from the Bank of India’s Versova branch.

However, while verifying the cheque, the bank officer Mangesh Naik noticed that someone had tampered with the name and the amount. Suspecting foul play, Naik contacted TTLM officials. “They told Naik that the cheque dated September 12, 2008, was originally for Rs561 and in the name of one Sanjeet S Pathak. Naik then lodged a police complaint,” said Shishupal.

He added, “Investigations revealed that D’Souza had an account in Bank of India and was a resident of Vashi. However, the address given to the bank was bogus.”

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