Chennai: Police have launched a hunt for a middle aged woman and a teenage girl who conned a home-alone woman and escaped with over Rs 25,000 cash by selling fake gold coins on Saturday evening.
The incident happened in Perambur and the victim, Chandra (47) of Muniyappa Chetty street was alone at home when the incident happened, police said.
Her husband, Kanagaraj was out at work when a middle aged woman approached her along with a 15-year-old girl.
The woman told Chandra that she hailed from a once wealthy family and her family was now in a financial crisis. She told Chandra that her husband was hospitalised with cancer and she needed money for his treatment. She offered ten gold coins at a cheaper rate.
Chandra took the bait and told her that she would take the coins for `25,000 after verifying if they were original. The woman gave Chandra one of the gold coins and when Chandra took it to the pawn broker nearby, it was found to be gold.
After that, she decided to buy all the gold coins and handed over the money.
When her husband returned, Chandra told him about what transpired after which he took all the coins to the pawn broker and found that except for one all were fake.
The man filed a complaint with the Sembium police, who have launched a hunt for the woman and the teenage girl. Police are perusing the CCTV footage from the locality, to identify them....