NEW DELHI: As an , was ready for any battle. Now, at 93, he is fighting to get about of his money back from who him at the of a for .

A resident of Shahdara in east Delhi, the senior citizen’s ordeal began last year when he started getting calls on his landline number from people who claimed to be RBI and IRDA representatives. “They told me that government has released large amounts of money for very senior citizens for their welfare. They said I have to become a member to avail of these schemes,” Lal said in a complaint to the police. All the calls came from Mumbai.

Convinced, Lal agreed to the terms and conditions: he was told to make some payments, which he would get back with a bonus after a stipulated time. As per the complainant, he received a call in August last year from a man who introduced himself as HoD of the NOC cell of the Governing Body of Insurance Council (GBIC). Lal was told that his file had been received, but he needed to pay Rs 6.5 lakh to get the NOC.

“Later, I started getting warning calls that if I didn’t pay the amount, my file will be blocked and I won’t get back any money,” the complaint stated. Lal wrote to the GBIC president. A few days later, he was informed that the callers were fraudsters and that he should inform the police.

Lal approached the police and gave them details of the amount he had sent to the crooks. The cops, after checking with banks about the transactions, registered a case under sections of cheating against unknown persons at the Shahdara police station. Sources said the man lost more than Rs 10 lakh to the fraudsters.

Sleuths are now trying to track the phone numbers used by the cheats, along with the bank accounts where the money was transferred.

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