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3 held in lottery case; Nigerians on the run

india Updated: Jan 19, 2012 01:30 IST
HT Correspondent

The Gurgaon Police have arrested three more people, including the head of an international gang from Mumbai, who allegedly used to dupe people in the name of lottery.

The arrested were identified as Imran Qauzi (32), resident of Ratnagir, Maharashtra, Moyenjem Rajjak (28), resident of Malad, Maharashtra and their driver Deepak Sindhi (26). A city court sent the accused in 7-day police custody on Wednesday.

The police recovered 57 ATM cards, 40 cheque books, 18 rubber stamps, 47 signed cheques, PAN cards, R1.25 lakh cash and a car from their possession.

Qauzi was the country head for India and convinced people to open new accounts on commission basis.

Police officials said the conmen would convince investors by stating that they were dealing with reputed multinational companies.

“The accused also sent bulk emails and SMSs to potential victims promising huge returns and awards from reputed firms. Investors were asked to deposit cash to the tune of Rs 50,000-60,000 in specific bank accounts, citing expenses incurred to ensure returns. The gang was operating in various parts of the country. Foreign nationals are also involved in the racket,” said Maheshwar Dayal, DCP (east).

“The accused used to provide account numbers of various banks to the Nigerians, who then asked victims to deposit money in instalments to get the lottery money,” said Dayal.

“After the victim deposited money into the accounts, the Nigerians would withdraw the amount, leaving only 10% as commission for the accused,” the DCP added.

While one of the accused was arrested from Jaipur on January 13, his three other accomplices were nabbed 14 days ago. A number of complaints had been filed by fraud victims in Gurgaon.