Thane: A 29-year-old man was allegedly cheated by a woman who gave him fake Saudi Riyal currency notes as a surety in exchange of Rs 1.50 lakh which she borrowed from the victim citing family problems, police said on Saturday. The incident took place on Thursday after the woman Sabina Shaikh, a resident of Bapujinagar in Rabodi, befriended the victim Burhan Abbas Sayed who works as a salesman in a mobile shop owned by his brother. Sabina approached Sayed for help. Sayed, a resident of Kalwa decided to bail her out and parted with Rs 1.5 lakh, said PSI Shraddha Waydhande. Promising that she would return the money soon, Sabina gave a few Saudi Riyal notes as a surety to Syed claiming that the currency belonged to her aunt who previously worked in that country. Later, Sayed realised that the currency was fake following which he lodged a police complaint. Kalwa police have registered a case under section 420 of the IPC and are investigating the matter. The accused is a history sheeter and is absconding.

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