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Pak resident behind lottery scam: Police

Sonu Verma and Dilshad, residents of Bijnour, were arrested last week and a third person, Manoj Tondon, was arrested on Tuesday.

While questioning two people, with whose arrest two alleged lottery scam cases of Chandigarh have been solved, the UT Police has found the number of a Pakistan resident, Irfan, who had been in contact with the accused. Sonu Verma and Dilshad, residents of Bijnour, were arrested last week and a third person, Manoj Tondon, was arrested on Tuesday.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Cyber Crime Investigation Cell (CCIC) Deepak Yadav said, “We have solved six cases till now. All these cases have some connection to Chandigarh. Either the accused or the victim is from Chandigarh, or the transactions were made in Chandigarh.”

The DSP said Irfan was identified after the accused named him and gave his contact during interrogation. “The number given to us is of a Pakistani mobile service provider,” said the DSP. The police, however, suspect that Irfan, who is believed to be the mastermind of the scam, is based out of India and had been contacting the other accused through that number just to mislead.

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The DSP added that the accused claim that Irfan had been sharing the money earned by cheating the residents in India with the two. The case was registered on August 21 last year for cheating and under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act. The accused used to call the residents of various states, or send fake emails about winning lottery prize. Those who replied positively were asked to deposit some amount as tax/processing fee in advance in bank accounts opened on fictitious details. On analysis of account details and scrutiny of phone call data by CCIC, the accused were arrested.

“As much as 25 per cent of the money earned was shared by Irfan with the other accused,” said a police official.

The DSP added that some persons had also been working as middle men. “These people are based out of Delhi and are yet to be arrested,” said the DSP.

Meanwhile, police have recovered Rs 6.5 lakh from Manoj Tondon. A source said that the money was being sent to Irfan in form of kind. The accused had been buying things from India which can be easily sold and sending them to Irfan.

First published on: 21-02-2015 at 05:16:55 am
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