Police blow the lid off online lottery scam
The city police claimed to have busted an inter-state gang involved in a fake online lottery scam with the arrest of four persons. The conmen are said to have duped investors of about Rs 60 lakh. HT reports.india Updated: Jan 13, 2012 23:56 IST
The city police claimed to have busted an inter-state gang involved in a fake online lottery scam with the arrest of four persons. The conmen are said to have duped investors of about Rs 60 lakh.
The police suspect the involvement of a Nigerian lottery syndicate in the scam.
A Nigerian national, who has been identified as a gang member, is still at large.
“While one of the accused was arrested from Jaipur on Thursday night, the remaining were nabbed 10 days ago. A number of complaints had been filed by fraud victims in Gurgaon. We have also recovered various documents related to government agencies and banks,” said a senior police official. The police have not disclosed the names of the arrested persons as the matter is being investigated and more arrests are likely.
According to the police, the conmen would convince investors that they were dealing with reputed multinational companies.
They would also create fictitious websites in the names of prestigious companies to win their target's confidence.
“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 official said.
The gang would send fake documents related to the Reserve Bank of India, customs department, courier agencies and various multinationals offering cash and awards.
The police team has collected the e-mail addresses, mobile numbers and fake documents from the internet.
First Published: Jan 13, 2012 23:53 IST