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Lottery scam gang busted in just 48 hrs of FIR filing, 3 held
Delhi Police on Monday arrested three persons, including two Nigerian nationals claimed to have busted a "Lottery Scam" gang which duped innocent people to the tunes of lakhs of rupees. Police said that they solved the case within 48 hours after an FIR was registered.
Jatin Narwal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) said, "Two persons — Kingsley Nnaemaka Agbo and Waris Khan — have been arrested from Sadar Bazar.
On July 12, police filed an FIR after complainant Bhupender Singh alleged that on June 29, he got an SMS on his mobile number that he has won a lottery of Rs 5 Lakhs US Dollar and to redeem the lottery prize, he needs to send his details on an E-Mail provided to him. The complainant after responding to the said message received a telephonic call on July 4 from two mobile numbers and was directed to deposit Rs 30,000 as custom duty to clear the parcel and the complainant deposited the same.
“On July 5, Singh was asked to deposit Rs 65,000 more for clearance certificate and he did. The next day, he got another call from a lady who asked him to deposit Rs 2,86,000 as RBI clearance fee. However, Singh became suspicious that he has been cheated and approached police,” the DCP said.
“During the course of investigation through technical surveillance of given Mobile numbers, movement of accused persons was zeroed down in the area of Jamia Nagar. On July 14, one of the accused Waris Khan was arrested. On sustained interrogation two of his Nigerian National accomplices — Kingsley and Nnaemaka Agbo — were identified and arrested,” Narwal added.
“At their instance, police recovered Rs 4,21,000 cash, 10 SIM cards, 7 mobile phones, 25 PAN cards, 26 ATM cards of different banks, 32 cheque books and 32 passbooks of different banks," said the DCP.
Explaining their modus operandi, accused Waris Khan obtained the Bank accounts opened of various innocent and poor people of his villagers on the pretext of preparing their voting cards and PAN cards. He used to call those persons to Delhi and got their bank accounts opened and issued ATM cards and Cheque books. He used to keep ATM cards and Cheque books with him. Instead of this, he used to give them Rs 1,000-2,000 each. He further used to provide Bank account numbers to Nigerian National who in turn called victims through SMS or E-mails regarding winning of Lotteries. Once the victims deposited money, Waris Khan withdrew the money through ATM cards or cheques after which the
The members distributed the money among them. Police further said that the gang has been reportedly operating in India for the past two months and have cheated several persons. Apart from these three accused, police said that two accused including a woman and one Nigerian are absconding.
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