Two Nigerians Arrested For Fake ‘Lucky Draw’ Lotteries
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Mahankali police of hyderabad arrested two Nigerians for duping several people in the name of fake online lottery and US dollar ‘lucky draw’ schemes.
Police arrested Patrick Okwuokenye, 31, and P Festus Iteh, 28, hailing from Gbor city from Delhi. On October 28, 2013, one Mahender Patel lodged a complaint with Mahankali police alleging that he and his friends were duped by one Asha Kiran Mateti from Kukatpally of Rs 49 lakh.
According to the complainant, Asha claimed that Patel had won an online lucky draw of $20 million (Rs 125 crores) belonging to ‘All states micro finance & securities’ company and that if they would pay her the processing fee of Rs 50 lakh, she would give them 2.5% of the prize amount as commission. The complainant and his friends then verified the email communication between the accused and Asha Kiran pertaining to the multi-million dollar prize and gave her Rs 49 lakh in installments between February and April 2013.
Of the 49 lakh she had received from Patel and his friends, Asha transferred Rs 15.5 lakh to the bank accounts provided by the accused. On realizing that she was duped by the Nigerians, Asha communicated the same to Patel and his friends who then approached police.
Emails and phone calls between Asha Kiran and the culprits were also analysed following which police zeroed in on the culprits’ hideout at B-16, Panchsheel Vihar, Malaviya Nagar, New Delhi (South), and arrested them on Saturday.
Police seized two passports, several SIM cards and laptops from the culprits. “On interrogation, the two confessed that they were using the money earned through the fraud to purchase readymade garments in bulk at Delhi and export them to Nigeria. The main accused, Michael from Nigerian, is yet to be arrested. We are trying to nab others who had assisted the accused in committing the crime by providing them bank account details and other things,” Hyderabad police commissioner Anurag Sharma said at a press briefing.