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Mobile fraud: Man promised lottery, duped of Rs 16,000

If you receive a call on your mobile phone from an unidentified person, saying that you have won a lottery, don’t get lured or you may end up losing thousands of rupees. One such case of fraud has come to light in the city.

india Updated: Dec 09, 2011 01:15 IST
Sunil Thapliyal

If you receive a call on your mobile phone from an unidentified person, saying that you have won a lottery, don’t get lured or you may end up losing thousands of rupees. One such case of fraud has come to light in the city.

Ajay Kumar, 20, a resident of Patel Nagar, allegedly received a call from an unidentified person, informing him that he had won a lottery of Rs 20,000.

The caller, who claimed to be a representative of a mobile service provider, allegedly asked Kumar to top up a number to claim the prize money. Later, Kumar came to know about the fraud when he had lost about Rs 16,000.

“I got a call from an unidentified person on November 29. The caller informed me that I had won a lottery and asked me to recharge a number to claim the prize. I followed his instructions. The caller asked me to go to the nearest mobile phone shop. He asked me to handover my phone to the shopkeeper and both of them spoke to each other for several minutes,” Kumar said.

“Later, the shopkeeper asked me to pay Rs 16,335 for the recharge of 12 numbers as told by the unidentified caller,” he alleged.

A harried Kumar along with his parents went to the Civil Lines police station on November 30 to file a complaint against the fraudster.

However, to his surprise, the police allegedly refused to register the complaint stating that they were unable to deal with such cases.

“A police official asked us to pay the money to the shopkeeper. We have the mobile number of the accused and the 12 numbers that were recharged. We could provide them entire details about the incident. But it seems they are not ready to perform their duty,” alleged Raghubir Singh, the victim’s father.

However, the police have denied the allegations. “I am not aware about any such development. If they approach us, we will register their complaint,” said Raju Yadav, SHO at Civil Lines police station.