NRI Deceived 2.8 Million in Online Scam
Harry Sagainathan a Dubai based NRI lost Rs 28 lakh in an online lottery scam lately. Sagainathan especially flied down to India to get the lottery prize.
Sagainathan claims that he got a fake mail from the UK government notifying him that he has been selected as the prize winner of an e- lottery worth £10 lakh. The e-mail was dispatched by Barry Gates who alleged to be from the Directorate of Public relationships European Union, new Castle, the UK.
The mail also informed Sagainathan to call Gates for further information. Thus, he contacted Gates who told him to pay £280 as the fee for getting money via courier.
Sagainathan created an account to transfer the money. Gates contacted to verify that the amount had been received and urged him to pay £16,409 as tax for transferring the cash from the UK bank to Indian officials.
Sagainathan paid the fee. After this, Gates told him that he will send a representative to Bangalore for cash delivery and also ask him to pay the travel expenses and customs clearance in two following calls.
Lastly, the hackers disappeared with the money leaving no trace of theirs.
The security experts stated that the users should be very careful when dealing with the lottery scams.
Also, they added that lottery scams are effectively written but are completely forged. Several people have lost money in making payments for 'commissions' and 'charges' to claim cash prizes they have allegedly won.
The hackers are making huge money by cheating the innocent people and are also hampering the reputation of authentic marketers of Govt. Lotteries.
Thus, they advised all the users to avoid lottery scam in which they have not even entered.
Further, web users are recommended not to send money to the hackers behind these scams. And if they pay any money, they will be trapped in a vicious cycle and might loose out all of their money.
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» SPAMfighter News - 16-12-2010