Woman Loses Rs 11 Lakh in Mobile Prize Trap, Ends Life
Bengaluru: In spite of frequent cases of mobile prize scams reported and cautions issued in the media, there are still people around who easily gulp the bait and then regret.
What is all the more alarming is the fact that the educated class falling victims. The basic concept of the lottery prize is that buying a lottery ticket is a must to win any prize. It is unthinkable that anyone can believe that a prize has been won without having bought a ticket in the first place.
A sad story of the Palak V, the wife of a city-based techie has been reported from Vivekananda Road locality. Earlier this month, she received an SMS from one Andrew informing that she had won a prize of Rs 45 lakh in a lottery. She was asked to remit money to different accounts.
Thrilled by it, without consulting or informing her husband, she followed the instructions. Between June 6 and 13, she remitted large amounts totalling Rs 11 lakh from her four different accounts to the accounts of Rahul, Hasnat, Shabbir and others in different banks.
Following that, she was asked to come to Delhi by the said Andrew to collect the demand draft. Here again, she flew to Delhi without informing the husband. It is thought that she wanted to give her husband a surprise with the gift amount.
After she landed in Delhi to collect it, she called Andrew and he demanded more money. Getting suspicious far too late, she demanded her money and said she did not have any more money to pay.
It was at this stage that she realized that she had been taken for a ride. She flew back to Bengaluru and tried to consume insecticide to end her life. Her children saved her life and consoled her saying that they would complain to the police.
Next day when they had gone to the police, Palak committed suicide at home by hanging herself.
The police have requested the public not to fall for such hoax messages. They are taking steps to trace the scamster and the holders of accounts to which the amounts were remitted.