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A Nigerian national allegedly involved in organised crime, deceiving Sri Lankans assuring them that they are eligible for lottery winning prizes was remanded till July 18 by a Colombo Court yesterday.

The suspect Clinch Christian was arrested by CID sequel to a complaint made by a businessman in Wellawatta. The businessman said he received a SMS saying “You won 750,000 pounds in the ESPN cricket board mega lottery, to get prize send your name/address/phone number/email/age/occupation to espncp@hotmail.com”.

The Sri Lankan businessman had sent his details via an email message. In reply, the businessman had received an email massage stating the winning prize would be delivered to him via a courier service. The email message had requested the businessman to pay 1000 US$ as service charge and further asked him to pay the amount to an agent who come to meet him at a hotel in Colombo.

Thereafter, the businessman had paid 1000 US$ to a person who introduced himself as the courier service agent at a Colombo hotel last July 7. Following the transaction, the businessman had made a complaint with CID stating he realized he had been deceived by the foreigner who collected money at the hotel.

The CID who conducted investigations into the incident arrested the suspect who involved in the incident and produced before Colombo Fort Magistrate. When the suspect Clinch Christian produced before Magistrate Kanishka Wijeratne, he was ordered to be remanded till July 18. The CID complained the suspect could be involved in organized crimes and further charged he was staying in the country without visa. (By Lakmal Sooriyagoda)
 
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  • John Thursday, 12 July 2012 06:57 AM

    Deport him first after a heavy fine - Nigerian scams are well known the world over.

    Rahmathullah Thursday, 12 July 2012 07:12 AM

    People should be educated through media every now and then not to fall prey to these organized criminals. I almost every day receive this type of mail and I completely ignore them.

    Suhail Wednesday, 11 July 2012 08:43 PM

    i guess that was a good catch. If you're gonna wear a fool the Peoples, Criminals are everywhere, and today, it is more important than ever to

    Azmi Wednesday, 11 July 2012 08:48 PM

    Cyber criminals are everywhere on the internet, Becareful guys

    Milinda Wednesday, 11 July 2012 10:27 PM

    I agree with hansan.Police should arrest the businesman and prosecute him for stupidity.

    Duchee Wednesday, 11 July 2012 11:21 AM

    Only punishment left is expelling him from world..

    `Rufus Randeniya Thursday, 12 July 2012 01:20 AM

    Just push him out of the fourth floor window.

    reader Thursday, 12 July 2012 01:24 AM

    why would espn use a hotmail address start thinking from that poing

    Punchi Putha Thursday, 12 July 2012 01:23 AM

    Nigerians are very creative in scams, why can't they use their brains to do something legal?

    Sunil Lanka Thursday, 12 July 2012 03:11 AM

    There is nothing called free lunch. Foolish greed cannot be cured

    hansan Wednesday, 11 July 2012 02:03 PM

    Do we still have people who get cought for these. These are world gimmiks and very common. Good for free money greedy Idiots.

    LongLeg Thursday, 12 July 2012 03:44 AM

    wow this businessmen must be a prize idiot to fall for that. Who on earth would even trust an email address with a gmail, yahoo or hotmail domain?

    sue Thursday, 12 July 2012 04:15 AM

    What sort of businessman is he to get caught to such a racket? Even a school child is aware of such scams taking place on the internet and through SMS. Serves him right for being greedy.


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