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ADVISORY | Oct 31, 2018: 

It is learned that General Public are receiving SMSs / emails from unknown sources that they have won lottery of several pounds / dollars / crores and thereby lured & cheated to deposit money as registration fee, processing fee, claiming fee, etc.

It is also found that bank accounts of many people are being misused for fraudulent purposes by fraudsters, criminals all over the country.

The economically backward people, un-employed youths, villagers are lured by criminals to sell their banks accounts, ATM cards for petty sums.

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The criminals even sponsors for opening of bank accounts and innocent youths, villagers are asked to open bank accounts in multiple number of banks.

These bank accounts and ATM cards purchased from the innocent people are in turn taken to big cities like Delhi, Mumbai, etc and sold to fraudsters of foreign origin, including Indians.

The criminals / fraudsters use these bank accounts for financial frauds by way of asking the innocent victims of Lottery, Job, Facebook, SMS fraud, etc., to deposit the money into these accounts as registration, processing fees, claiming fees, customs duty fee, etc.

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The money deposited is immediately withdrawn by the criminals using ATMs.

Hence, the general public are advised to ignore such SMSs and not to fall prey to these kinds of frauds.

They are also advised not to sell their Bank Accounts (Passbook), ATM cards and also not to allow strangers to use their bank accounts for depositing & withdrawal of money, which may lead to legal action against them.

In case anyone has knowledge of people buying bank accounts, ATM cards, etc., the same may be informed to the nearest Police Station or Cyber Crime Wing, CID, Meghalaya, Shillong.

Contact Details : SSP (CID) – 0364-2215701; Cyber Assistance Cell (CAC)-0364-2504001 / 9402519391 / ccw-meg@gov.in Spl. Superintendent of Police (CID), Meghalaya, Shillong.

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