Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Two Nigerians held in Delhi for lottery fraud - - 27 May 2009

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Two Nigerians have been arrested here for cheating internet users by promising them lottery money and then taking 'money transfer charges' from them, police said Wednesday.

The Crime Branch of Delhi Police Tuesday arrested Earnest Ucheuna Ughabuga, 31, and Anthony Obinawa, 27, near the Batra cinema hall complex in Mukherjee Nagar in north Delhi.

The arrests came after a case was registered against them at a police station in Kolkata May 15.

The police said a Kolkata resident got an e-mail stating that she had won an online lottery of $50,000 sponsored by Shell Petroleum Development Co of England and the company's president was in India to give away the prize money.

'She was asked to deposit Rs.122,000 as service and transfer charges into an ICICI Bank account. She was also asked to keep the information about her lottery confidential until her claims had been processed and her money remitted to her account,' said Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Satyendra Garg.

'After she deposited the money she realised that she had been fooled. She filed a complaint in Kolkata. Police sought assistance saying the e-mail were sent from Delhi,' he added.

According to Kolkata Police, there have been scores of complaints of similar nature.

'We estimate that the fraudsters have swindled more than Rs.3 million from people. We are also investigating if they have duped people in Delhi and north India,' Garg said.

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