Callers tell victims to have won Rs 35 lakh and then demand Rs 15,000- 35,000 as deposit money to claim the prize money
The Hush Post: Chandigarh and Mohali police are receiving complaints from people getting fake calls of having won cash prize at the KBC show. Ever since the season 10 of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) started from September 3, the police are flooded with complaints.
The Chandigarh cyber cell said a complainant Sanjeev Sharma alleged that his wife received one such call. The caller claimed he was from the KBC. He told Sharma’s wife that she has won a lottery of Rs 35 lakh.
The caller told her that for getting the prize money she will have to pay Rs 36,000 to them. The complainant said he deposited the amount in the mentioned bank account. However, when he claimed the prize amount, the accused said that more money needed to be deposited for claiming the prize money. Suspicious, the victim then approached the police and lodged a formal complaint. The complaint is under inquiry at present at the cyber cell.
One of the complainants told the police that he received the message on a social networking site. The site had a picture of Amitabh Bachchan and four signatures of some unknown officials, besides a lottery number. The message read,“Congratulations, you have won Rs 35 lakh from KBC lottery”.
In a similar case, a Mohali Phase 2 resident Amit Kumar also made a similar complaint. He received a text message with a picture of Amitabh Bachchan on his Whatsapp number. It mentioned that he had won Rs 35 lakh through a lottery scheme of the KBC.
Kumar then received a phone call from a person who stated that he is calling from the KBC and that for claiming the prize money of Rs 35 lakh, they had to deposit an initial amount of Rs 15,000 to their account. Doubtful, Kumar told the caller to give him some time and then lodged a formal complaint with the Cyber Cell.
Similarly, Prabhjeet Singh, a resident of Zirakpur, who is yet to lodge a complaint, said his father received a picture of Amitabh Bachchan on Whatsapp and it also stated that he had won a prize money of Rs 35 lakh.
However, Singh grew suspicious about it. He did not call back and decided to lodge a complaint with the police.
DSP Pawan Kumar, Public Relations Officer, Chandigarh Police, said the complaint with them is being probed. “The accused is being tracked as he is using different mobile phone numbers. Meanwhile, we request the public to avoid interaction on phone calls reportedly by the cheaters and inform the concerned police station immediately.”