Bengaluru: A 31-year-old BPO employee, Vincent, was cheated of Rs 2.8 lakh under the guise of being offered a job in Canada on Sunday (May 31).

 According to the police, a man called Kiran had promised Vincent to get him a job as the supervisor of a mall in Toronto. Vincent told the police that he had come across a person called Puneeth on a social networking site in March. Puneeth had assured Vincent of being able to get a job easily for him in Canada. He also claimed to have sent many people to Toronto. Vincent was then asked to pay $6000 to someone named Mohith.

Vincent called Mohith on May 25 and Mohith asked Vincent to meet his associate Kiran to hand over the money. Kiran and Vincent had arranged to meet in Lavanya Lodge near SC Road in Majestic on May 26. Vincent took his brother Sebastian along to meet Kiran at the lodge at around 10:30 am.

When Vincent and Sebastian went to meet Kiran on May 26, Kiran had booked a room at the lodge in Vincent’s name. Kiran was also accompanied by a woman when Vincent and Sebastian met him. Kiran offered the brothers a drink of apple juice. Vincent accepted and drank the juice, whereas Sebastian drank just half a glass as he suspected something to be wrong. Soon after, his brother started vomiting and Sebastian went to the toilet to call his brother-in-law for help.

Vincent, who was knocked unconscious due to the drink, regained consciousness only in the evening, in the nursing home that he was taken to. Vincent had carried half of the money in his pocket, which was missing. The other half was in Sebastian’s pocket, due to which it was safe.  Vincent had reportedly pawned his wife’s and mother-in-law’s jewels to raise the $4000.

The Upparpet police have filed a case under Sections 328 (causing hurt by means of poison) and 420 (cheating) of the IPC. CCTV footage from the lodge is being examined by the police to identify the accused and track them down.