Woman duped of Rs 4 lakh

A woman from West Bengal has been duped into depositing Rs 4 lakh in fake accounts on the promise of a bigger lottery win. A case has been registered in the Parliament Street police station.

'The victim came to Delhi on 4 July and lodged a complaint in the Parliament Street police station,' said the police sources.

According to the complaint, a few months ago, the victim received an email, supposedly from the Reserve Bank of India, informing her that she has won 50,000 pounds in a lucky draw in an online lottery game. To claim the amount, she was told to deposit nearly Rs 9 lakh in eight installments.

The victim, who is currently living in West Bengal, deposited Rs 1 lakh each in four installments in different accounts and banks on the dates prescribed on the email. But in June she found out that she was being cheated. She came to know that the bank accounts given to her were fake. She immediately approached the West Bengal police and lodged a complaint. Meanwhile, she came to Delhi on 4 July and registered another complaint at the Parliament Street police station as RBI's head office is under the police station's jurisdiction.

'We have received the complaint and started the inquiry,' said a police officer.

'It is possible that a foreign gang is behind the fraud. In the last few years, these kind of email lottery frauds have been on the rise,' said an investigator. Using fake email-IDs of renowned companies and telling people that they have won some big amount is usually referred to as the Nigerian scam. The hapless victims, getting the lucrative offer, deposit the amounts asked hoping to reap benefit, but lose out in the end, added the officer.
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