Mysore, Mar. 29 (KK&DM)- A family friend-turned-conman effortlessly played on a gullible woman's greed and took her for a ride, relieving her of gold ornaments and Rs. 5,000 in cash.

Radhamma, wife of late Mahadeva Shetty, a resident of House No. 638, Kurubarageri, 2nd cross, Chamaraja Mohalla, swallowed the story given by family friend Gurubasappa that she would get an additional Rs. two lakh and a site by the Provident Fund authorities if only she coughed up Rs. one lakh.

Radhamma's husband Mahadeva Shetty, an attender at JSS Polytechnic College, died in service in 2000 and Radhamma had received Rs. 85,000 as compensation. She then used the money to buy gold ornaments.

Gurubasappa, a friend of her late husband who continued his acquaintance with the family, phoned Radhamma some days ago to tell her that she was the beneficiary of a site and Rs. 2.5 lakh by the Provident Fund department. She was told that she would get all this if she parted with Rs. one lakh.

Gurubasappa then landed at Radhamma's house with a friend who he claimed was an official of the PF department. She was told that the money was to be paid to this man.

The unidentified man then drove back in a Qualis car after Gurubasappa had left and took along Radhamma and her younger sister Shashi to a photo studio on Devaraj Urs road, to get Radhamma's photo.

He then showed some fake documents, took them around the city, Mysore University and its surroundings. The man then took Radhamma's gold ornaments and Rs. 5,000 on some pretext and then dropped her at the KSRTC bus stand telling her that she would have to go to Bangalore's Victoria Hospital for medical examination while he would complete other formalities.

He then drove along with Shashi, took her around the City and then dropped her at some point. Meanwhile, Radhamma discovered that the doctors at Victoria were as puzzled as her about the PF medical formalities and it was only then she realised that she had been conned.

Radhamma, who had not bothered to take down the car's registration number, filed a complaint with the Lakshmipuram Police yesterday. However, nothing is known of the family friend Gurubasappa.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore