A ‘conman’ allegedly cheated a trader promising to get him 300 kilos of cashew nuts and snatched his gold chain. He also took the victim to an ATM kiosk forcefully, made him withdraw Rs 50,000 and escaped with it near Muthialpet.
According to the police, he received a call from a man, who identified himself as Anandan, around 10 am on Saturday. The man, claiming to be a cashew nut wholesale trader, told Venkatesh that he was willing to sell 300kg of nuts for Rs 50,000. The caller also referred another trader named Balaji, who is known to Venkatesh.
Believing the offer, Venkatesh went to Balaji’s shop in Muthialpet to meet Anandan. There, he was threatened by a gang, which snatched his ATM card and withdrew Rs 50,000 from a kiosk. The gang had also snatched his chain.
“It is possible that Balaji was also involved in the crime. We are probing to know if there was any financial dispute between them and the suspect used it to lure Venkatesh to the trap, the police said.