Fake lottery scam traced to Pakistan

Pakistani group, with the help of Noida and Wazirpur residents, duped several people across the country; money they amassed was siphoned off to Pakistan through hawala

After two years of painstaking investigation, the Delhi crime branch finally tasted success when it identified two men who were part of a fake lottery scam that was operated from across the border.

Phony business: Details procured through the number that was
recovered by Delhi crime branch revealed that two more Pakistani
numbers were active in India.
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The two men -- residents of Noida (NCR) and Wazirpur (New Delhi) -- were working with a Pakistani national and had duped several people across the county through a fake lottery. A case of cheating and criminal conspiracy has been registered against the duo.

Modus operandi
Speaking with MiD DAY, a senior police officer said, "Several people had complained to us that they had received phone calls from a Pakistan number starting with +92. The caller, in Pakistani accent, would tell them that he was calling on behalf of some well-established company and then tell them that they had won a lottery. Later, he would ask them to deposit a certain amount of money in a particular bank account to avail the prize money. Once the money was deposited, it used to be siphoned off to Pakistan through hawala."

During the course of investigation, crime branch officials came across one such Pakistan number, which was on roaming and was used in Delhi. The cops traced the number to Wazirpur and arrested one person. Besides, police recovered 17 SIM cards from his possession.

Details procured through the number revealed that two more Pakistan numbers were active in India. This led to the arrest of the second accused, a Noida resident. Investigating officers said the person runs a tea stall and used to frequent several banks.

The crime branch officials said that the third number is being used by a Pakistani national, who has been staying illegally in Ludhiana and is believed to be the main agent.

Both the men were in touch with this person in Ludhiana. Cops say that the Pakistani national is in touch with two businessmen. "Apparently, these two people are the mastermind behind the entire racket. Our investigation has revealed that the group has amassed huge sum of money, both in India and in Pakistan, through this fake lottery business," the official said.

Call from Karachi
MiD DAY had earlier reported that a Janakpuri builder, Hardeep Singh, received a call from a Pakistan number, where the caller claimed he's calling from Dubai and that Singh has won Rs 20 lakh in a lottery that was held in seven countries, including India and Pakistan.

To sound genuine, they asked Singh to call on a number and claimed that it belonged to one Sunder Singh, the manager of a nationalised bank in Mumbai. However, Singh smelled a rat when he called on that number. The person who was on the other line spoke in a distinct Pakistani accent. Also, when Singh checked the number, he was shocked to discover that it started with +92, which is the country code for Pakistan.

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