Online lucky draw racket: Four arrested for cheating unsuspecting citizens

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  • Two foreign nationals who were cheating innocent people by inducing them on the pretext of online lucky draw have been arrested.
  • Two more accused persons had opened a number of fake bank accounts and were letting out these on commission basis to a couple of foreigners for crediting the money being routed through the fake lucky draw racket.

delhi police4New Delhi: With the arrest of four persons Nauriddin Zafri, a Cameroon National, Efosa Danial Asamota, a Nigerian National, Ugan Chaudhary alias Ajay Sharma, a resident of Noida (National Capital Region) and Sudesh Kumar alias Vinod Sharma, resident of neighbouring Ghaziabad in UP, a team of South Delhi’s Saket Police Station has busted a gang of cheats, operating at the national level by inducing innocent people on the pretext of wining online lucky draw.

On February 14, 2015, a complainant – Ms S. Mamatha from Karnataka – reported that on January 9, this year, she received an SMS on her mobile phone that “your mobile got 5 crores and 15 lakhs in Samsung Quiz 2014” and to get prize, an email ID was given her to send the details. The complainant sent her details on the given email ID and after some time, she received an email with certificate of wining the prize. Thereafter, one Shweta Sharma called and asked her to deposit money in different bank accounts to process the release of prize money. She also sent the account details to the complainant through SMS. The complainant deposited Rs 4.04 Lakhs in different bank accounts. Thereafter, the complainant was informed that their representative, Jones will come to deliver the money and told her to pay Rs 4,00,000 in cash to him as cash box handling charges. The complainant paid this money to Jones at PVR Saket. Jones handed over a Locker Box and told her that her prize money 5,00,000 GBP (Great British Pounds) were kept in the box. After reaching home, the complainant checked the box and found that the box contained only black papers. When she talked in this regard, she was informed that these black papers are to be washed with a special chemical to turn them into British Pounds and to get the chemical, she will have to pay Rs. 12,00,000. Now the complainant realized that she had been cheated and robbed of huge amount of money.

A case (FIR No. 206/15 u/s 419/420/406/467/468/471/34 & 14 foreigners Act was registered by the Saket Police station.

During the course of investigation, a team comprising of Sub-inspectors Kuldeep Kumar and Rajdeep Singh, Head constables Praveen Kumar and Mumtyaj Ali, Constables Ashok and Ravinder under the supervision of Inspector Ranbir Singh, SHO/Saket and Nishant Gupta, ACP/Hauz Khas was formed to arrest the criminals who were involved in such criminal activities. During investigation, the complainant informed that one of the associates of accused John will come at PVR Saket for collecting money to purchase the special chemical. On this tip off,the team laid a trap and accused Nauriddin Zafri, a Cameroon National was arrested.

On interrogation, Zafri disclosed that he is member of a racket, run by Nigerian Nationals – Efosa Danial Asamota, John and Shoty who cheat innocent people by telling them that they have won huge amount of money in British Pound in online lottery draw. At the instance of accused Nauriddin Zafri, his associate Efosa Danial Asamota, a Nigerian National was arrested when he was withdrawing money at Huda City Center, Gurgaon from one of the alleged accounts. Both accused disclosed that some Indians used to provide them Bank Accounts to operate on commission basis. The details of various account holders were obtained from concerned banks and scrutinized. It was then revealed that Ugan Chaudhary alias Ajay Sharma and Sudesh Kumar alias Vinod Sharma had opened bank accounts in different names in a number of nationalized and private banks on fake IDs. Both were subsequently arrested.

Accused Ugan Chaudhary disclosed that he knows Computer Graphics and prepares the fake identity cards, voter cards, electricity bills, telephone bills, income tax return slips and other documents in different names and addresses. After opening the bank account,they give the ATM card, Cheque books to one Guruji who passes these on to some Nigerians and gets 2% commission on the cheated amount, deposited in their accounts. It was revealed to the police that more than 45 such accounts were opened in different banks in Delhi and NCR.

At their instance, 34 fake PAN cards, 28 ATM/Debit Cards, 28 ID Cards, 37 Cheque Books of different banks, 11 passports, 28 stamps, computer, laptop, printer, ATM/Debit Card cutting machine and a lamination machine was recovered.