Nizamabad: A cyber fraudster cheated a labourer from Nizamabad district working in Kuwait in the Gulf by sending him an online message that he had won a lottery of Rs 40 lakh, collected Rs 16 lakh from him and his family members, and switched off his phone. The labourer’s wife sold their house and gold ornaments to pay the Rs 16 lakh sought by the fraudster.
Jangam Ashok, a resident of Chepuru village of Nizamabad district, is working as a labourer in Kuwait since last three years. He got a message on his phone last month that he had won Rs 40 lakh and to obtain this amount he needed to deposit Rs 16 lakh in his account. Ashok said he deposited Rs 5 lakh in the fraudster’s account from Kuwait and told his wife over phone to deposit the remaining Rs 11 lakh by selling his house, gold ornaments and also taking a debt from villagers.
Accordingly, his wife Muthamma deposited Rs 11 lakh in 11 different accounts, putting Rs 1 lakh in each account. After receiving the amount from Ashok and his wife, the fraudster switched off his phone. Later, Ashok, to his shock, realised that he had been cheated.
On Thursday, Ashok and his wife, Muthamma, and his aunt spoke to the media alongwith Gulf welfare association leader Patkuri Basanth Reddy, at Nizamabad Press Club. Muthamma appealed to the government seeking action against online fraudsters who were cheating poor, gullible people from rural areas. Basanth Reddy said that online fraudsters were trapping innocent people who were selling their property, lured by the promises of such fraudsters. Earlier also this type of incident had occurred in Nizamabad district, he said, seeking tough action against such online fraudsters. A complaint was lodged with the Armoor police, who registered a case and are conducting an enquiry.
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