We All Know About Online Lottery Fraud

Online fraud is a big deal these days. Everyone knows that if you aren't careful, you could find that your identity has been stolen by someone via a virus or worm, or via spyware/adware inserted into your computer from an unsuspecting email or from a malicious site. A lot of these scams present themselves as pop-up ads or emails claiming that the recipient has won massive amounts of money in some kind of online lottery. Most people are savvy enough not to fall for these. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case for a resident of Kalpakkam, in India. This Indian, having received an email claiming that he had won a large sum of money in some sort of online lottery, was instructed to deposit quite a large amount of money into several bank accounts. Again, most people would not fall for this, but unfortunately, this man fell for it, though the culprits were eventually tracked down and arrested.


Nigerian Online Lottery Kingpin Scams Indian

According to the Times of India online, K Ramamoorthy, a resident of the Indian town of Kalpakkam, was ripped off of Rs 14.68 lakh by a Nigerian online lottery kingpin, Murphy Vazigo Agbaifa. For those who do not know lakh means, it is a unit in the Indian numbering system equaling something like a hundred thousand; that's a lot of money to lose. 14.68 x 100,000 equals roughly 1,468,000. In US dollars, that equals approximately $31,108.29.
Mararoorthy was instructed to transfer this money into various bank accounts in order to receive a sum he had supposedly won via email in an online lottery. That sum was registered under "service and transfer charges." Naturally, as soon as Agbaifa had that money, the supposed sum won in the online lottery never appeared. At this point, Ramamoorthy filed a complaint with the CB-CID, an Indian police agency tasked with investigating the most unusual or heinous crimes occurring in the country. The agency investigated the complaint and arrested Agbaifa in Mumbai on March 4, freezing all of the multiple accounts - all under fictional names and addresses and containing Rs 9 lakh - connected to him and his various accomplices. He was later transferred to Chennai. Upon arresting Agbaifa, police discovered that he had previously been arrested in Mumbai and held in Nasik prison. One of the aforementioned accomplices, Mukesh Annand Chudasama, was arrested in Mumbai on May 7. All are being held in judicial custody.
This just goes to underscore every point on online security and anti-fraud methods. If you receive an email claiming that you have won some kind of online lottery, it is always a scam. Delete it without even opening it. Better yet, get a Gmail account and those emails will automatically be placed in your spam folder and deleted after a certain number of days; you'll never even see them. And you never know; sometimes opening emails can release all kinds of spyware - or even a virus - onto your hard drive, and those are often hard to remove.