Sep 25, 2011 News
A confidence trickster who claimed to be one of the five fishermen that went missing on August 6, last, and goes by the name Anand, hatched a perfect plot with his ‘partner’ to get at Soorsaccie Puran, aka Una, of 18 Bella Street, West Bank Demerara, by studying her family history and using it as a ‘weapon’ to fleece her.
In the end he got a hearty meal, $8,000 and a taxi fare.
Yesterday, the woman explained how ‘surprised’ she was, since the ‘story’ told by this gentleman was so convincing.
According to Puran, the incident occurred between 9:37 am and 10:00am, when she received a call from a guy claiming to be Latchman, Jean’s husband from Florida. According to Una, Jean is a relative of her dead husband but didn’t know to whom she was married. The woman further stressed that after being convinced by ‘Latchman,’ that he was indeed a part of the family, she was told one ‘sad’ story about the five fishermen who went missing.
Latchman stated that two of his nephews, Rajin and Anand were a part of the missing fishermen, but managed to escape. He also added that the two guys needed travelling money and clothes to get home. The trickster asked for Una’s support.
The’ kind-hearted’ woman, after being convinced, promised to offer assistance to the guys, since she thought they were a part of her husband’s family.
After a few minutes, from the conversation she had with Latchman, she stated that a guy who described himself as Anand showed up, and she was further convinced since the guy appeared to have some fishing hooks and seemed well ‘equipped’ with her family history and the fishermen’s background.
Puran also stated that she was home alone when she invited the guy inside her yard. The guy practically answered all her questions and even gave her information about her family. He also told her the struggle he and his colleagues went through, he then added that the others (the fishermen) were at the jetty waiting on him.
The woman then gave him the $8000 and clothing, after which he asked for something to eat and to take for his other colleagues.
As the woman was about to go inside her home to get him some snack, she noticed he was right behind her so she turned and locked her doors. She further noted that after giving him the eatables, he asked her to call him a taxi to take him to the jetty, where his friends were.
After ‘Anand’ left, Puran’s son arrived home from work and started investigating the woman’s report. He found out the guy did not go to the jetty but stopped at the road head at Bella dam. It was further revealed that the guy who called ‘Latchman’ was not Jean’s husband.
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