New Delhi: Four Nigerians were arrested by the anti-vehicle theft squad in South Delhi on Tuesday for allegedly duping hundreds of people of lakhs of rupees all over the country by sending them SMS and e-mails in the name of internet lotteries.

According to Chhaya Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South), the arrested have been identified as Onwutalobi Martin Oluchukwu (30), Nneke John Odikpo (29), Sunday Chukwulota (33) and Benjamin (35)

Police have recovered eight laptops, 126 SIM Cards, 26 mobile phones, 20 envelops of pre-paid SIM Cards, a Walky-Talky, nine Internet data cards, 2 ATM Debit cards, cheque books, expensive items like wrist watch and play station besides other articles.

How people were duped

The racket was busted during investigation into the complaint of Sumit Kumar, a resident of Netaji Nagar who was duped of Rs 48,000. Sumit had received an SMS on December 22, 2011 that his mobile number has won the IPL match lottery worth Rs 1.5 crore in a lucky draw.

He was asked to send his name, mobile number, address in his UK office through mail address given in that message. He received a mail along with a form to be filled, from the International Cricket Council (IPL-Cricket) Games Federation, Street-69, London Sports City, Emirates Road, London.

It offered two ways to receive the winning amount: either to collect personally from UK or get it through the diplomatic courier services.

Sumit forwarded his ID proof along with the filled form on the e-mail address provided by the Star World courier service. On December 26, he received a call that a diplomat Philip had arrived in Mumbai along with the parcel and was asked to deposit Rs 12,000 in a said account as custom clearance fee and later Rs 35,000 as registration fee.

He even received receipts of Airport Authority of India, Mumbai International airport and Central Bank of Excise and Customs Department of Revenue, Finance Ministry, Government of India.

But he was further asked for clearance certificate of United National of Anti-Terrorist Department from the Government of India which required a fee of Rs 1.85 lakh. This made Sumit suspicious on which he lodged a complaint with the police.