New Delhi: Its time that you don’t get lured by SMS and e-mails claiming that you have won millions of rupees in a lucky draw. Or else, be ready to have a deep hole in your pocket.

The crime branch of Delhi Police has busted a racket that was active in duping people in the name of lucky draws. Three Nigerians along with one Indian national have been arrested for the crime.

The group cheated people by sending messages and e-mails informing them about their luck and fleece them of lakhs of rupees in the name of processing charge and government clearance.

The police arrested them after a complaint was filed by a Trilokpuri resident Arvind Kumar that he has been duped of Rs five lakh by people who had informed him through SMS and email that he has won the ESPN world Cup 2011 draw worth five crore pounds.

Arvind alleged he was asked by the group to keep his fortunes secret.

A team led by additional DCP Joy Tikri took over the investigation and busted the racket.

Police said the gang used to win the confidence of people before asking for money in lieu of transfer fee, insurance, registration, RBI endorsement fees, income tax procedures etc. The group used to get the money transferred in the account of the gang member, Sameer Ahmed alias Guddu (26), a resident of Seelampur in East Delhi.

The three arrested Nigerians were identified as John (34), Davis Inemhonlan (31) and Sunday Mokobi (38).

The accused used special software- Advance Message Sender (AMS), SMS drafter which could send messages to 20, 000 people at a time, SMTP proxy server and a Bharti mobile locator to run their racket.

JPN/Bureau