Man travels 1,000 miles for fake lottery jackpot


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An Indian villager travelled more than a thousand miles to the BBC office in Delhi to claim millions of rupees he believed he had won in a lottery.

Sadly, when he arrived in Delhi, he discovered he was the victim of a malicious scam.

In April 2012, Ratan Kumar Malbisoi, a 41-year old unemployed villager from Odisha received a text message claiming he had won the BBC's national lottery for 20 to 30 million rupees ($319,000-$478,000; £194,000-£292,000).

Malbisoi never doubted the authenticity of the message. He got in touch with the scammers and provided them with all his personal bank details and also spoke to them several times over the past two years, reports the BBC.

The scammers then requested that Malbisoi pay 12,000 rupees ($190) to cover all the transfer costs.

Last month, Malbiosi borrowed money from friends and travelled 1,700km to the BBC office in Delhi hoping to collect his prize. He even spent the night on the platform of a railway station before reaching the BBC office in the morning reports One India News.

When Malbisoi arrived at the office, he was heartbroken to discover he was the victim of a scam and no such prize ever existed.

Malbisoi informed the BBC that the caller said he was the BBC's chancellor and although Malbisoi is convinced that the call came from Britain, it is difficult to establish if the scammer really is located there.

Text message scams are very common in India and scammers tend to target people like Malbiosi, who are not particularly tech savvy.

Malbisoi couldn't quite believe that he had been scammed. He told the BBC, "I never felt like he was trying to cheat me. I liked speaking with him, he was always very nice," he said adding that he never complained to the police."

"If they don't want to give me the money, I can't force them. It's their money', he added.

He returned home to his wife and three daughters empty handed.

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