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  • Con man posed as Army officer on social media
  • Army caught him after a month of surveillance
  • Con man nabbed from Kolkata

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Man who ran an elaborate con while posing as Army officer nabbed

A con man posing as an army officer was apprehended by Kolkata Police. The con was elaborate and so was the process of apprehending the artist behind it.

A con man posing as an army officer was apprehended by Kolkata Police. The con was elaborate and so was the process of apprehending the artist behind it.

A man calling himself ‘Lieutenant Shivam Pandey’ led people to believe that he was an officer of the army from the Srinagar-based Chinar Corps unit. Taking his con a step further and making it seem more believable to the untrained eye, the Pandey even wrote a book titled ‘Untold Story from the Indian Army’.

Pandey also tried to persuade Meta to put a blue tick against his account for authentication. He would post extensively on social media about his real-life experiences in the army and using the platform to promote his book.

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The army, however, caught on. The military intelligence flagged his profile while monitoring social media activity. Pandey was finally nabbed after a month of surveillance. His four ‘body guards’ have also been arrested. Pandey was wearing military fatigues even during the time of his arrest and had a fake Army identity card and multiple writing pads with the Army’s letterhead, according to reports. Pandey’s real name is yet to be revealed.

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