Manisha Mangesh Gaikwad, a resident of Mahadev Nagar in Hadapsar, was duped of Rs 47,000 by two foreigners on the pretext of winning an online lottery contest. Even though the online lottery scam schemes are discussed worldwide still there are a lot of online users that suffer from cyber crime. And this woman is one of them. She has lodged a complaint with Shivajinagar police in this connection. It was fixed by the police hat Manisha had on March 27 received an email informing her that she has won online lottery. Online fraudsters asked her to pay Rs 47,000 in advance to claim her winning amount on the pretext that the prize money was in foreign currency and hence she needed to pay in advance. Manisha in her complaint mentioned that she had deposited the said amount at Vaishya Bank on Fergusson College Road on April 7. However, she didn't receive any email or correspondence from the earlier contacted persons afterwards.
After realizing that she had been duped, Manisha lodged a complaint against Anderson Caldwell and Calvin (nationalities unknown) with the Economic Offence Wing and cyber cell of the Pune police on Saturday. However, the guarantee that the fraudsters will be charged for their crime acts is pretty small. Most of the time online criminals use counterfeit names or make the fraud attempts through other users that don't even suspect that they are used for cyber crimes and assist criminals. It is also difficult to charge fraudsters because online victims are more likely to conceal the fact that they were duped.