Police crack fake-identity scam

Po­lice are call­ing on mem­bers of the pub­lic to con­duct busi­ness trans­ac­tions us­ing na­tion­al ID cards rather than dri­vers per­mits af­ter they made a ma­jor break­through in a fake iden­ti­ty scam.

The call fol­lows the ar­rests of an im­poster who im­per­son­at­ed a Bar­rack­pore house­wife and rent­ed cars which were then sold to un­sus­pect­ing vic­tims in South Trinidad.

The sus­pect was nabbed on Wednes­day night dur­ing a sting op­er­a­tion at Grand Bazaar. Po­lice of­fi­cers led by PC Ali seized the im­poster’s fake cre­den­tials even as she in­sist­ed that she was in­no­cent. It is be­lieved that the woman has been im­per­son­at­ing house­wife She­ba Baksh-Soon­dar over the last month, con­duct­ing more than five trans­ac­tions for il­lic­it fi­nan­cial gain.

Dur­ing an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with Guardian Me­dia, house­wife She­ba Baksh-Soon­dar said the ar­rest of the im­poster had fi­nal­ly brought some mea­sure of re­lief to her and her fam­i­ly.

Baksh-Soon­dar said she nev­er dreamed that she would be a vic­tim of iden­ti­ty theft.

Re­call­ing her trau­ma, Baksh-Soon­dar said she was at home with her four chil­dren on Au­gust 2 when a friend called her to say her name was be­ing called on Ian Al­leyne’s Crime Watch pro­gramme.

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