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Six Nigerians Arrested Due to E-mail Lottery Scam

According to the reports of TIMES OF INDIA, dated January 3, 2012, the Mumbai crime department has recently detained six Nigerian who cheated a number of people with an email lottery scam.

The accused used to send SMSes to the victim updating them about winning of million dollar lottery, or the victim receive a prank email saying that they had been shortlisted by companies as a part of their promotional campaign.

"He is trapped as soon as the victim replies. The accused would send emails informing the victims that they have to fulfill legal procedure through which they will get the prize money for which they need to pay certain amount in a bank. Once the victim get paid the money, he would receive one more fake email stating that to get the custom clearance, the victim have to deposit another 50,000 or 1 Lakh , commented by Deevan Bharti , additional commissioner of police , reported by THE TIMES OF INDIA on January 3, 2012.

"To persuade the accused, they would send a UK prize certificate or a multinational company's certificate verifying the same. The accused would even advice a solicitor or lawyer to aid the victim to get the prize money legally," added by Bharti.

They need to seek 1.5 Lakh for the tax payment in UK. After making the payment, they declare that the cash has reached India and the victim is to provide RBI and the Custom Department a specified amount of money for further processing, exposed by officials.

According to Himanshu Roy, Joint Commissioner of police (crime), the accused employed the same technique for the will scam, by which the victim is being informed of being accidentally selected as a beneficiary for a huge property worth a huge amount, as the owner has expired and the original inheritor is unable to fulfill the necessities, as published in the decanherland on January 2, 2012.

In this case also they send different fake documents via prank e-mail to the targeted candidate. They sent a fake clearance from the united nation's Anti Terror Department to con the victim that their whole process is real and the money they transferring to him have not been earned via drugs trade or other illegal events, added by Roy.

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