Karachi: Fake bankers robbing houses
KARACHI: A new development has taken place recently in the world of crime: a group of young men and women are robbing people while pretending to be bank sales representatives. According to information received at The News office, Siddiq (real name withheld on request) was robbed inside his house located in Liaquatabad. According to Siddiq, a group of con artists had come to his house and introduced themselves as a local bank’s representatives. The youngsters spoke expertly about the ‘packages’ they were offering and asked detailed questions about the family such as the number of member in the household and the professions they were involved in.
They then began to introduce the so-called packages offered by the ‘bank’ they pretended to be affiliated with. During the conversation, one of the robbers suddenly pulled out his weapon and held the family hostage.
“The gang stayed for a number of hours at my house,” said a worried Siddiq. “They picked each and every valuable item from my house, along with the cash that was available at my place. Then they managed to leave my house without any difficulty.” The family is still in shock after the incident. Revealing details of the incident, Siddiq said that his family were considering the beneficial aspects of the packages offered by the bank’s representatives and had started being convinced by them, but before they knew it, they realised that they had been cleverly led into a trap.
Meanwhile, Liaquatabad police denied the occurrence of any such incident and instead claimed that no FIR had been lodged in their police station in this regard. “We cannot take any action against suspects as we do not have any proper complaint filed at the police station,” said a police officer. He specified that in order for the police to take action, the family should lodge an FIR and describe the suspects’ appearances. “We need details of the incident, something only the affected family can provide us with, especially if they tell us the number of people that came and whether they possessed identity cards of any bank,” he added.
The police official told The News that in fact it was the family’s own irresponsibility that allowed a group of strangers to enter the house without any identification, whereas it is obvious that strangers should not be allowed in at any cost. “Everyone knows that criminals these days are using new tactics and it is becoming increasingly difficult for the police to handle such cases because several victims do not report the crime or disclose information about the robbery with the police,” he added. “If victims keep the police in the dark, they are only helping the criminals.”