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Gang of 8 Nigerians Exposed Following Major Internet Lottery Fraud

Police from Thane (Mumbai, India) lately exposed one high-level Internet lottery scam, which 8 Nigerian nationals collectively executed, and subsequently taken into custody. Understandably, the gang carried out numerous frauds serially inside the Thane locality as well as dispatched 20,000-or-more fake e-mails having counterfeit logos reflecting prominent corporate houses, published asianage.com dated June 3, 2012.

Officials from the Department-of-Police said that the gangsters were exposed following advance information reaching the anti-extortion unit about certain criminal who would be arriving in Thane's Wagle Estate. Accordingly, a trap was laid through which police picked up the criminal and interrogated him. The man recognized as Kings Emmanuel from Nigeria disclosed during the interrogation that he'd been to Wagle Estate for meeting someone and gathering from him 'processing fees' having previously defrauded him into thinking he was winner of a lottery.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Mr. Pandit Kendre of the Crime Branch, Thane Police said that taking cue from the conman's answers, he engaged his force to search a house inside Navi Mumbai's Koparkhairane and arrested an additional 7 individuals. Asianage.com reported this.

Police as well described the mode-of-operation of the fraudsters as involving dispatching of scam electronic mails, which declared that the receiver was a winner in an Internet lottery game, who therefore required paying a specified sum to process the reward and get it deposited into her/his bank account.

In addition, according to Mr. Kendre, his team retrieved an RBI ATM Certificate from the man taken into custody. The certificate was prepared from the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) documents that was entitled "ATM Master Card Insurance," he told. Newkerala.com published this on June 2, 2012.

Moreover, alongside the ATM Certificate, cops further retrieved ICICI Bank's payment 'challans' from the detained Nigerians that they utilized for extorting victims' trust.

Mr. Kendre then said that the men owned no less than 12 bank accounts, which they had managed to open in India, adding that those accounts too were getting located.

Now police are anticipating in managing to get through the entire scam soon, while the computed value of the fraud isn't clear thus far.

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