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Two held for SMS fraud

The two accused under police custody.
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Sept 30 (NPN):
Published on 1 Oct. 2009 12:36 AM IST
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“Congratulations!! Your mobile number has won 10 million pounds in Yahoo/MSN lottery held in UK. To claim your lottery prize contact Dr Mark Jude via e-mail at” says the SMS on the mobile. Mobile users in Nagaland have been bombarded by this message everyday . The truth is - the SMS is another scam, like the Nigerian scheme that spells economic disaster and brings doom. A complaint was lodged with East P.S.Dimapur, by a person who responded to the SMS and ultimately duped to the tune of Rs.13 lakhs in August. Based on the complaint, a joint team of Dimapur and Delhi police arrested two persons identified as Farizul Haque (30) resident of Alinagar (Malda) and Naresh Kumar (27) of Faridabad from Delhi after nearly three weeks of search in Delhi. Both accused were produced at the court of CJM, Dimapur on September 29 and remanded to police custody for ten days. Meanwhile, police also informed that one of the main accused identified as Toufik was still absconding and it was suspected some foreign nationals may be also involved in the SMS scam. The victim disclosed that after contacting the racketeers, he was asked to deposit Rs 35,000 as clearance tax and consignment fees. Next, he again paid Rs 1 Lakh as clearance fee for obtaining anti-terrorist certificate. This was followed by a demand for payment of Rs 2 lakhs for obtaining certificate of authority to remit from RBI and finally Rs 4, 61,550 for acquiring International/Local tax certificate and anti-drugs certificate. All these deposits were made through Axis bank account based at many places under different names. The racketeering gang convinced their victims to open multiple accounts with different with the promise of a certain percentage whenever some money gets deposited into their account. Police sources informed that in this way a network of accounts are opened and whenever an unsuspecting victim deposits the money, the account holder gets his cuts from it. Intrestingly, Additional SP Dimapur V Z Angami also did not rule out the possibility of involvement of local people. In a similar case one person was duped of Rs 12 lakhs after he followed up and deposited money in several SBI accounts spanning across five states after receiving an SMS on his mobile informing that he had won 8,000,000 GBP in Euro mobile phone draw. Police sources added that investigation was still going on.

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