Almost everyone in India is aware of the Kaun Banega Crorepati TV show. It is a popular quiz show hosted by superstar Amitabh Bachchan. This program is watched by millions of people across India. In this program, to win a cash price, contestants must answer a series of questions which are based on current affairs and General Knowledge. As a lot of people watch this program, fraudsters are using the name to cheat people and make money.
They call up random people and say they have won the Kaun Banega Crorepati lottery. To avail the cash price, the person will be asked to deposit a certain amount of money in the name of processing fees. Fraudsters say that this amount will be refunded at the later stage. To gain trust, fraudsters carry out various procedures that look very authentic. Believing this to be true, people pay the amount and fall victim to the fraud. Recently, a primary school teacher from Bengaluru lost Rs 12.5 Lakhs to KBC scam.
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Here is what exactly happened
The teacher received a call in the month of August from a person who introduced himself as a representative of Kaun Banega Crorepati. The caller informed the victim that she was a lucky draw winner of Kaun Banega Crorepati and had won Rs 30 Lakhs. She was told that the amount would be given to her by Kaun Banega Crorepati and the State Bank of India.
At first, the teacher did not believe this suspecting it might be a trap. But, she received calls continuously for a couple of days and was asked to confirm her identity by providing photographs. After she gave her details, she was sent a certificate that stated she had won Rs 36 Lakhs. To receive the prize money she was asked to make the payment and was even told that the prize money had been increased to Rs 50 Lakh. The victim was made to pay Rs 10 Lakh after assurances that she would get a refund along with the prize money. The fraudster told her that the amount would be credited to her bank account after some days.
After a month she received a call from another person who claimed to be calling from the State Bank of India. He introduced himself as Rana Prathap Singh and told her that she has been selected as a finalist to win the lottery of Rs 1 Crore. The victim told him that she had neither received the price money nor the refund of the fee paid. He told that the person who had called her was a fraudster and asked her to cooperate in arresting him so that she could get her money back.
He asked the victim to pay some more money to get the prize. The victim paid a total of Rs 2.5 Lakhs to this person. The person is still in touch with the victim and he keeps sending certificates to gain her trust. At the end of the previous month, he again asked her to pay Rs 10,000 to receive the prize money.
To pay Rs 12.5 Lakh to fraudsters, the victim had taken a loan of Rs 5 Lakhs and even pledged gold and silver.
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