KERALA

Cyber Cell cracks lottery fraud

Timely intervention by the Cyber Cell of the City Police helped the victim of online lottery fraud to recover the money cheated out of her. Jyothi of Kumbalanghi, got a message on her mobile on August 4, saying that she was one of the seven winners from India for Rs.3 crore by London-based BBC-1.

Defrauded

On responding to the mail address, she was told to remit Rs.24,900 to the SBI. After she remitted the amount at the Thoppumpady branch, she got another message that Rs.1.5 lakh more need to be remitted to get the ‘terrorist clearance certificate'.

This amount was remitted to ICICI Bank. But Jyothi got suspicious when there was demand for another Rs.4 lakh for converting the awarded money to Indian currency.

She filed a complaint with the police on Tuesday evening, which was directed to the Cyber Cell.

Accounts tracked

While the SBI account was tracked to Nainital, the ICICI Bank account was traced to Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Chances of arresting any suspects in this case are less, as they might be operating defunct bank accounts.

However, Steps have been initiated to freeze these accounts and return the remitted amount to the victim, police officials said.

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