The public in Kerala are not unfamiliar to scams. Frauds of various types were being unearthed at regular intervals. Strangely, despite many losing both money, property, honour and lives after being duped by scamsters many continued to become victims of swindlers. But never before has Keralites heard of the deception attempted by a self-styled antique dealer named Monson Mavunkal who has now been arrested after one of his victims decided to approach the law-enforcers.

Mind-boggling amounts were offered or bandied about by Monson to inveigle his targets. He also boasted about his contacts with big shots to lure or convince people who walked into his trap. Investigations revealed his words and mannerisms were so convincing that they loaned him crores of rupees without demanding any security.

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