In a recent case of lottery fraud, a UK national and a woman from Mumbai duped a Gurgaon resident of Rs. 2.25 lakh.
The two accused have been identified as Patrick John from London and Pooja from Mumbai. The police are yet to identify three other accused but have booked all five in an IT and fraud case on Saturday. The case was registered after preliminary investigation by the cyber crime cell of the City police station.
According to the police, complainant Rambeer Singh, a resident of Shivaji Nagar, said that he had recently received an email and phone call from unidentified people in January, who told him that he won a cash prize of 5,00,000 Pounds (about Rs. 3.5 crore) in a lucky draw.
“They first took his details and later asked him to pay a processing fee of Rs. 2.25 lakh in instalments. The accused told him that they will transfer the cash prize to his bank account,” said Rajbeer Singh, ACP (crime).
Singh deposited the money with the hope of receiving crores in his bank account but after waiting for a month he realised he was duped.