Mumbai: Three held for duping man in the pretext of lottery prize

Mumbai: Three persons, suspected to be thepart of an inter-state racket involved in duping people in name of bogus lottery prize, were today arrested from Kolkata in connection with a similar case here, police said.

The trio, identified as Irfan Ansari (32), Jafar Abbas Hasmullah Shaikh (22) and Arshad Sayyed Ali (19), had allegedly cheated a resident of suburban Worli of Rs 3.5 lakh in name of bogus lottery prize, they said.

Police have recovered 214 debit cards and 42 Pakistani mobile sim cards from the trio who were brought to Mumbai. The accused are part of a major racket that cheat people by making them deposit money after claiming that they have won a lottery, police said.

The trio had recently contacted the Worli resident over phone saying that he had won Rs one crore in lottery and asked him to deposit Rs 3.25 lakh as 'processing fees' in various bank accounts to get the prize money, they said.

When the victim deposited the amount, the accused withdrew it through various ATMs. The trio used to contact the victim by using international SIM card, police said, adding, the accused were booked under various sections of IPC and remanded in police custody till June 15.

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