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Offline Maik

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« on: Friday, 07 February, 2014 @ 20:22:00 »
Man travels 1,000 miles to claim bogus prize

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

Ratan Kumar Malbisoi, a 41-year-old unemployed Indian villager, fell for a message he received on his mobile phone nearly two years ago.

"The message said I had won the BBC's national lottery for 20 or 30 million rupees ($319,000-$478,000; £194,000-£292,000). I was asked to send my details so that they could send me the money," he says.

A poor man, with little formal education, he was unable to fathom that this was a phishing message and that he was being "scammed".

Offline TonyKath

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« Reply #1 on: Saturday, 08 February, 2014 @ 19:18:29 »
Ah... They could at least have had a whip round in the office to pay his fare.