Online fraudsters dupe woman of Rs 22 lakhs

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Feb 21: A 35-year old woman from Srinagar has been duped of Rs 22 lakhs by online fraudsters on the pretext of having won a lottery.
A complaint lodged with Cyber Police Srinagar stated that the woman received an email/SMS informing her that she had won a lottery and the prize money shall be assigned to her in foreign currency denominations.
The woman accordingly responded to the email and the fraudsters then communicated with the lady on her mobile phone.
She was then asked to pay for various charges like registration fee, processing fee, tax etc before the lottery prize money could be transferred to her.
The lady then transferred the amount to the tune of Rs 22 lakhs to various bank accounts. The lady after transferring the amount made efforts to call them but was unable to establish contact.
The lady then realised that she has been cheated by the online fraudsters and no lottery amount was going to come through.
The lady approached the Cyber Police Station Kashmir Zone, Srinagar for lodgment of FIR. A case (FIR No. 02 of 2020 under relevant Sections of law) was registered at Cyber Police Station Kashmir Zone Srinagar.
Cyber Police Station has advised general public to remain very careful while receiving such fraud SMS/emails & calls from unknown sources with regard to winning of unexpected prize money or lottery, job offers, installation of mobile towers, loan offers, insurance bonus offers etc. “Community members are requested not to share any bank details or transfer funds to unknown persons in anticipation of higher returns”, Police said.