Online lottery fraud: 45-year-old Ludhiana tricked out of ₹44,000

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Fraudsters told Ludhiana man he had won an online lottery and asked him to pay 44k for GST registration and other formalities

Two men have been sentenced for cheating a resident of Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, Ludhiana out of 44,200 in an online lottery fraud.

The defendants were identified as Vivek Kumar from Bettiah, Bihar, and Lala Bhagat from Assam.

Complainant Harish Kumar, 45, told police he received a call from an unknown person who introduced himself as an executive of an online lottery company.

“The caller told me I won 25 lakh in a random lottery and the money will be transferred directly to my bank account. He asked me to drop 12,200 for GST registration; and 25,000 and 7,000 for completing some other formalities in separate bank accounts, which I did,” he added.

The complainant added that after transferring the money, the fraudster stopped answering his calls. When he realized he had been duped, he filed a complaint with the police on November 15, 2021.

Inspector Jagdev Singh, who is investigating the case, said a cheating case was filed following an investigation.

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