Online lottery fraud busted; 5 held, Nigerian boss at large

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Noida (UP), Nov 13 (PTI) A gang allegedly run by a Nigerian national that duped people on the pretext of an 'international online lottery' has been busted and five of its Indian members arrested in Greater Noida on Friday, police said.

The arrests were made after a complaint was lodged at the Ecotech 3 police station in connection with the fraud by the gang, they said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Central Noida, Harish Chander said, 'The gang was run by a Nigerian national identified as Sam, who is absconding.” According to police, Sam, the handler of the five arrested accused, is currently staying somewhere in Delhi.

Those held have been identified as Ansar Baksh, Gautam Singh, Irfan Shah, Mohseen Dapaali and Afzal Pathan, all natives of various districts in Uttar Pradesh, they said.

'The accused contacted gullible people and told them that they have been selected winners in an international lottery and have won some huge amount of money. However, they sought some money in the guise of processing fees. Once they got the money via online transfer, the accused would go untraceable,' DCP Chander said.

The police have recovered 26 ATM cards and 11 passbooks of various banks from the accused besides seizing 11 mobile phones, Rs 36,100 cash and impounding a motorcycle, a police spokesperson said.

The accused have been booked for fraud and forgery of documents and further proceedings are underway, he said. PTI KIS AQS AQS