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Lottery Fraud: Arrest of Three Nigerians and an Indian

Delhi Police arrested three Nigerians along with an Indian national on charges of operating a forged lottery racket. These accused cheated people by informing them of winning a huge amount of money on lottery, reports timesofindia on May 1, 2011.

The accused have been identified as John, Davies Inemhonlan, Sunday Mokobi and Sameer Ahmed.

Delhi Police started their operation on complaints by a victim Arvind Kumar, who had alleged of being cheated of INR 4.70 Lakh by an unknown person who promised him with an online lottery of 5 Crore pound through and SMS and an e-mail.

Police have reportedly claimed this gang to be expertise in sending fake text messages and spoofed e-mail acknowledging victims of winning a fortune in lottery.

As it is quite difficult to determine the location of a victimized through an SMS, the gang used to ask the victim to convey sensitive information to an e-mail account generated by the gang. On the meanwhile a tricky and intellectual e-mail would persuade the victimized to confide the information till the receipt of the entire amount, claimed Ashok Chand, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) in the website of msn on May 01, 2011.

Once the victim is hooked, the gang would charge several funds for releasing the amount on the basis of several charges including transfer fee, insurance, registration, RBI endorsement fees, Income Tax procedures, on Customs Duty, claimed Chand.

Chand also reported that the victimized used to be persuaded further through a fake URL holding an account number and a Pin number for the victimized. The gang would claim that they had opened an account number with the Reserve Bank of India to transfer all the money that a victim has earned.

Delhi Police even concluded that the victims are reportedly well-educated and belong to different parts of the country. However, majority of the victims hailed from the metro cities of Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, parts of Uttar Pradesh, and Kerala. The lust for such a huge amount of money led the victims to deposit their lifelong earning in bank accounts provided by the cheaters.

Related article: Lottery Scam Using Skype Message & Phone Gaining Ground in China

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