Engineer bites black dollar con
Software engineer Sanjay Singh (name changed) didn?t know chatting on the Net would cost him so much till an anonymous person convinced him he could inherit a part of $9.5 million lying unclaimed at a West African Bank.Updated: Apr 11, 2006 02:46 IST
Software engineer Sanjay Singh (name changed) didn’t know chatting on the Net would cost him so much till an anonymous person convinced him he could inherit a part of $9.5 million lying unclaimed at a West African Bank. After spending over Rs 9 lakh as transaction amount, all Singh got was a bagful of black notes.
That’s not all. Singh has also to pay installments of the loan he took to give the cheats Rs 9 lakh. The Delhi Police have not filed an FIR as yet. Deputy Commissioner (north-west) Virender Singh, however, claimed the police was examining the case.
Singh got a mail in October last year from a person who identified himself as Arnold Mahusi from Togo in West Africa. Mahusi identified himself as the personal accountant of a millionaire, GB Bardhan.
He told Singh that Bardhan had died with no claimants leaving a fortune of $9.5 million. The money was lying at ECOWAS Bank in Togolaise. Mahusi convinced him while chatting that it was easy to claim the money posing as a kin of Bardhan.
Next began a series of queries, which were sent by the bank to verify Singh’s claim. “All I had to do was forward those queries to Mahusi who answered all of them for me,” added Singh.
Once the approval certificate arrived the bank asked Singh his choice for the mode of delivery.
The bank officials then asked Singh how would he collect the money. “They gave me two option of either coming to Africa for completion of formalities or appoint an attorney for procession my case. Mahusi suggested me that I should opt for diplomatic transaction,” said Singh.
The bank send a confirmation letter and along with it demanded $5,500 as delivery and handling charges to be paid to delivery agent. “When I declined to spend so much of money, they convinced me that I could pay in installments. I arranged for $1000 and handed over the money to bank representative at Raddisson Hotel in November,” Singh said.
In matter of two months Singh gave $5,000 to the bank representatives, who finally gave him the consignment on 17 November.
First Published: Apr 11, 2006 02:46 IST