Jharsuguda: A 20-year-old woman of Belpahar under Jharsuguda district lost around Rs. 1.69 Lakhs after she fell for a fake KBC Lottery promising her a payout of Rs. 35 Lakhs. She lost around 1.69 Lakhs in the name of paying taxes to receive the lottery amount.
The woman was identified as Neeta Chhatar, a resident of Gandhinagar, Belpahar, Jharsuguda
As per the complainant, Neeta Chhatar, “On 23rd February, I received a call from an unidentified mobile number, who introduced me saying that he is calling on behalf of Kaun Banega Crorepati, and I have won Rs. 35 Lakhs in the KBC lottery. It is once in a lifetime that someone has got this opportunity. He also instructed me not to tell anyone, as the amount is so huge and if anyone learns then there might be some problem for me and my family. So, I had not told anyone. He asked to pay some taxes which is needed to claim the money, in greed I had deposited Rs. 18,200 first. After that, he again asked me for Rs. 35,000, which I deposited again, later again asked me to deposited Rs. 36,000, for clearing some document and on 24th February he asked to deposit Rs. 40,000 in two times, total cash of Rs. 80,000. when I didn’t receive any amount, I called him, then he again demanded an Rs. 65,000. I felt that I have been trapped. I reported the matter to Belpahar Police station. I had asked for this money from my grandmother, who had deposited the money in the bank as a fixed deposit working hard and we together broke the fixed deposit and had paid this money to the fraudster. Presently, we have left no money with us.”
Based on the complaint Belpahar Police have registered a fraud case and have started its investigation.
Jharsuguda Superintendent of Police Bikash Ch. Das said, “A girl of Belpahar has lost around Rs. 1.69 Lakhs money to a fraudster, who claimed to give an Rs. 35 Lakhs rupees which is won by her through KBC. She deposited the amount in a phased manner after she learnt that she had been trapped in the hands of a fraudster. She reported the matter. As per information, all transactions have been done through the bank so we are hoping that this case will be detected. For this, we have already engaged officers and I think that this case will be detected very soon. Additionally, I want to give a message to everyone that, people are easily transferring the money to the fake fraudster, or even providing OTP to any unidentified callers, I want to request everyone not to trust anyone like this. Sometimes, the fraudsters are calling taking name on behalf of banks, before giving any information please verify with your banks where the call was from them or not.”