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Nigerian Arrested with Indian Woman over Fake Lottery E-Mail

Officials from Delhi (India) Crime Branch, on February 24, 2011, arrested a Nigerian national along with an Indian woman in Delhi over charges they conned people with fraudulent e-mails seeking payment for processing a transaction related to some lottery prize, which the victims supposedly won. Sify.com published this on March 3, 2011.

Said additional DCP Joy Tirkey of Crime Branch (India), the accused Nigerian apparently dispatched phishing e-mails via the address nationwidebank@englandmail.com one which didn't clearly suggest the sender's location. The message body claimed that there was prize money waiting for the recipient to collect. But, anyone who believed it and followed the instructions was directed for providing information by e-mailing to an address the accused created, Tirkey explained. Timesofindia.com stated this on March 3, 2011.

Apparently, various software programs were employed so the Nigerian could carry out the fraud. These were Email Validator, Email Pro and Advanced Mail Sender with which the accused dispatched the same e-mail to innumerable people worldwide that helped him gather active e-mail addresses. Msn.com reported this on March 4, 2011.

Furthermore, the accused told the e-mail recipients for keeping the matter secret till he got the payment, which he claimed was necessary for getting the prize money. The payment apparently would cover registration, insurance, Reserve Bank of India approval fees, certain government clearances and transfer fee. One victim complained that he lost Rupees 90,000 to the fraudster who had lied to him that he had been the winner of a 7.5 lakh pound lottery. Hindustantimes.com reported this on March 4, 2011.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian used 6 accounts, 3 of which were of his friend as well as the co-accused.

Actually, during February 2011, RBI officials cautioned Indians of the above kind of e-mail scams. Soon after, a new fake e-mail emerged out of Egypt that had 2 editions. In the first, the sender claimed he was a friend stranded in Egypt owing to the present unrest and so required financial help for getting back to India, while the other one's sender alleged that he belonged to the Mubarak organization and wanted to transfer money offshore from Egypt.

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