Mangaluru: Lured by Fake Crore-rupee Prize Offer, Woman Loses Rs 65,000

Mangaluru: As has been mentioned many times in these columns, there could be enough riders if anyone is willing to be taken for a ride.

Over and over, reports appear in the media about bogus prizes being announced through mobile messages to which those wanting to make some quick bucks respond immediately. It is here that the trap is set.

The latest one to fall into it is a woman – whose identity is withheld to protect her privacy – residing in the Vijaya College locality in Mulki.

Last week, she received messages, from two persons claiming to be Ramakant and Jaiprakash Gupta from Kolkata, on her mobile.

It read that her mobile number had won a prize of Rs 1 crore and she had to send a certain amount for processing it. She was lured by the offer and made three payments totalling Rs 65,500.

As the callers kept on exerting pressure on her to pay further on the following days, she got suspicious – a bit late though – and told the callers that she was not interested in getting a crore.

She demanded that the money she already remitted by refunded to her. They told her to remit another Rs 5,000 as a condition for refund. She has now filed a complaint against the two persons. According to police sources, the names could be bogus and tracking them down might be a tough task.

Such instances should make others to understand the basic fact that an amount of Rs 1 crore cannot come that easy. Secondly, for any lucky prize eligibility, one has to buy a ticket by a nominal payment which is fulfilled in the case of mobile prizes.

Sadly, lure of easy money overrides common sense.

Gullible persons taken for a ride!

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