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Lure of $ 8.5 lakh makes him lose 2,999

IT?S A classical case of internet fraud in which a man was duped of US $ 2,999 by luring him with a promise that if he deposited the amount, he would be eligible for a lottery of US $ 8.5 lakh. The duping scheme is an elaborate one, and starts only after a person registers himself on a lottery site of the said company.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 14:48 IST

IT’S A classical case of internet fraud in which a man was duped of US $ 2,999 by luring him with a promise that if he deposited the amount, he would be eligible for a lottery of US $ 8.5 lakh. The duping scheme is an elaborate one, and starts only after a person registers himself on a lottery site of the said company.

The victim, Ramavatar son of Premchand Soni, resident of Nagda, district Ujjain registered himself with a German lottery company called U K Notocom. A few weeks later, he received an e-mail from the company which informed him that he was the lucky winner of a lottery of US $ 8.5 lakh. And to claim the amount he would have to deposit US $ 2999 in an account.

Subsequently, Ramavatar had correspondence through e-mail with Ramesh Dafne, resident of Premsagar Apartment, Maharashtra, and also with Alexander, Richard and Corade Pland, all residents of New Delhi, regarding this matter.

Convinced that he was into a big thing, Ramavatar came from Nagda, and deposited US $ 2,999 in an account at the ICICI Bank, Laxmi Tower branch, as he had been instructed. He did this on November 2, 2005, and kept waiting for his prize money.

It was after weeks that he realised that he had been duped when no one with whom he had corresponded earlier, replied to his e-mails.

Ramavatar lodged a private complaint with the court, which directed Tukoganj police to register the case. Tukoganj police who are investigating the case said that it is entirely possible that the names and addresses of the persons with whom Ramavatar corresponded were fictitious.

First Published: Feb 16, 2006 14:48 IST