Being operated by Saudi Arabia by a Pakistan-based gang, their Indian counterparts used to dupe people by saying that they have won a huge amount, but have to deposit some money towards various clearances

The Cyber Crime Police, Hyderabad, on Sunday busted a lottery racket operated by a Pakistan-based gang and arrested seven persons for assisting the gang. The masterminds, Ali Bhai and Harul of Pakistan and operating from Saudi Arabia, the police said.

The arrested persons were identified as, Amarjit Singh (40), Vasanthala Narendra (37), Patel Mahendra Kumar (41), T Shanker (34), G. Dayamani (44), D. Chandra Sekhar (37) and E. Veerabhadra Rao (33) all from the city. The police recovered Rs. 20.5 lakh cash, 73 debit cards and eight cell phones from them.

The fraud came to light when a woman from Ameerpet, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that the accused collected Rs.13. 17 lakh from her promising to handover Rs. 25 lakh, which they said, she had won in Airtel Company draw.

The modus operandi of was that the gang members used to call selected persons on their mobile phones from Saudi Arabia using Pakistani mobile SIM cards saying they have won a lottery of Rs. 25 lakh. The gang collected the details of gullible persons from Narendra and Amarjit who would gather it from Shanker and a few other accused.

Later, the gang members would convince the people saying that they would have to pay money towards bank clearance, customs duty, security check and Income Tax and ask them to deposit money in a few bank accounts held by other gang members, CCS Deputy Commissioner of Police Pala Raju said.

Once the amount is deposited Narendra and Amarjit, would withdraw money after deducting their commission and handover the remaining amount to Mahendar who would sent it to Delhi through hawala transactions.

Later, on the instructions of Ali Bhai and Harul, the agents at Delhi will route the money back into the country through hawala transactions, the official added. The gang cheated many persons in this manner.

The arrests were made by CCS Inspector Majid Ali Khan along with his staff under the supervision of DCP CCS, Pala Raju.

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