The five bank accounts in which actor Karan Singh Grover deposited Rs 7.70 lakh to claim a lottery prize money of Rs 4.31 crore have been frozen.
The Khar police, investigating the case, said it was unlikely these accounts belonged to genuine people.
They were frozen soon after the 33-year-old actor lodged his complaint, officials said.
Officials were able to retrieve Rs 1.4 lakh belonging to Grover, as the fraudsters had already withdrawn most of the money.
In his complaint, Grover said he deposited money in the accounts of Mayank Kumar, Vinod Sharma, Sunil Kumar, Mahesh Kumar and Manish Kumar.
Grover said he got a message from Audi Motors, United Kingdom on May 13, claiming he had won Rs 4.31 crore.
The actor did not get suspicious even when he was asked to pay more than Rs 4 lakh to get an ‘anti-terrorism certificate from the United Nations’, declaring the money will not be used for terrorism activities.
After the actor made a few transactions in different accounts for identity proof and custom clearance, he got an email saying a current account had been opened for him and Rs 4.31 crore from Audi Motors deposited.
But the con did not stop there. When Grover tried to transfer the amount to his account, he was asked to pay Rs 98,000 to get a transaction code.
It was only on May 22 did the actor finally realise he was being cheated, when he was told to pay Rs 12 lakh as tax on the prize money.
Officials investigating the case said they will talk to bank authorities for further leads on those involved.
The police said they are also investigating the involvement of a Nigerian group that has been suspected of using this method to cheat people in the past.