The Pune city police Wednesday arrested a Ghana national in connection with an online lottery fraud of Rs 56.8 lakh. The suspect has been identified as J D Alexander (27),of Ghana,currently residing in Mumbai.
An offence in this case was registered at the MIDC Bhosari police station by Dilip Madhukar Patil (32),resident of Shahu Nagar,Chinchwad. The police are looking for more at least 11 foreign nationals suspected to be from Ghana or other African nations. Apparently there are currently residing in Mumbai to run the lottery frauds,also called as Nigerian frauds.
DCP (Zone III) Shahji Umap said they suspect the involvement of a major racket of foreigners in such online lottery frauds. The police said fraudsters sent emails to Patil saying that he has won lottery of huge amounts in January 2011. Between January and June 2011,they gave him different bank accounts. They asked him to deposit money in these bank accounts as taxes or for other purposes for clearing his lottery money.
The police said Patil gave about Rs 56.8 lakh to the fraudsters in different installments since then,but never got his lottery amount. So he approached the police for help. Patil told the police that one of the fraudsters would come to collect money from him. The police laid a trap and nabbed the Alexander from KSB chowk in Chinchwad.
Senior police inspector D B Patil said Alexander was residing in Mumbai. He came to India on a business visa in June. His visa was valid till November. His aides are also residing in Mumbai area. We produced him before court today and sought his police custody till Friday. We hope to arrest the kingpins and unearth a major online lottery racket operated by foreign nationals, said inspector Patil.