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Real to Reel: Cops make film on Nigerian scam

CHENNAI: The city police appear to have skills different from those needed to nab criminals. A five-minute short film about the Nigerian (lottery) scam will be on display at the Chennai trade fair at the Islands Grounds from Sunday.

At the end of the film, actor Karthi cautions people to be aware of such tricksters.

To display their achievements, the Chennai police have got a couple of stalls in one of which they plan to display the film. A projector and a screen are being installed.

“If the message reaches at least one of the 10 people visiting our stalls during the trade fair, we will consider it a great success,” a police officer said.

The film, shot for 20 days consecutively in the city, has some professional artists apart from a few cyber crime wing sleuths acting in it. “We hired the camera and the postproduction work was done at an animation studio in Vadapalani,” the officer said.

The idea of making the film, a cyber crime official said, followed reports of complainants, victims of various Nigerian cyber scams, queueing up at the commissioner’s office. “We met a petitioner who lost 1 crore to scamsters. He himself deposited the amount in a bank account. Another man sold two houses worth several lakhs and paid the scamsters expecting a bigger amount but was cheated.

Then, there was the case of a man in suburban Chennai who lost 6.37 lakh and ended his life after he ran up huge debts. All these incidents disturbed us,” a cyber crime official said.

“Later,Isaw a shortfilm in a theatre. Before the screening, an actor appeared and advised people to help those in need. And that’s how the idea struck me. I left without watching the movie and decided to make a short film on the Nigerian scam,” said a cyber crime officer, who didn’t want to be named.

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January 24, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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