Indian police have caught eight members of a Pakistan and Saudi Arabia based gang who conned many Indians by posing to be the official executives of game reality show ‘Kaun Banega Carorepati’ duping Rs 20-30 Lakh. 

According to Indian police, the victims were lured trough fake lottery winning telephone callsby gang members who posed as Kaun Banega Carorepati’s official staff. They were then asked to transfer the processing fees in one of their many Indian bank accounts.

“They would tell victims they had won a lottery amounting up to Rs. 20-30 lakh based upon the selection of their cell phone number in a random draw and to further corroborate would claim that the prize would be paid to them on the sets of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ itself,” said a policeman.

“The gang would then call people who are interested with a Pakistani number and tell them to pay a percentage of the lottery amount for processing the claim,” said Rajiv Ranjan, deputy commissioner of police (Special Cell).

Police officials claim the gang was arrested against a complaint filed on October 6 from Delhi. The arrested convicts include Umer Ali, 36, Rakesh Raut, 30, Ahmad Hussain, 23, Vikas Kumar Sah, 22, Saroj Kanta Sutar, 22, Mahendra Kumar Singhal, 57, Naresh Bansal, 38, and Ravi Kumar Gupta, 43.

So far, the gang was able to steal Rs. 4.1 lakh through 134 ATM cards of different banks in around 300 bank slips and 10 mobile phones.