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Saudi lotto winner ‘paid $350,000’

Dubai Court hears how Saudi man paid out the large amount on the promise he had won a huge prize in a lottery only to discover it was an e-mail scam
A man said he paid out more than $350,000 on the premise that he had won a huge cash prize in a lottery only to find out it was a scam, a Dubai court was told.

The 37-year-old Nigerian businessman accused of conning the Saudi denied the claim at Dubai Court of Misdemeanors yesterday.

The court was told the Saudi had received an email telling him he had won AUS $1 million in a lottery of people’s emails but that he needed to hand over fees to claim it. An Emirati police officer investigating the case noted the complaint in official documents, saying: “He replied and was asked to send his bank account details, which he did. After a few days he received a phone call and was told he needed to pay money to claim his prize. He wired money to an account in Australia.

“They kept asking him for more money so he sent a number of sums. Then he got an email telling him to come to Dubai from Saudi to meet a Nigerian diplomat who would hand him his cash prize,” the report continued. The Saudi claims he then met the defendant in a hotel in Naif.

The police records continued: “The defendant showed him bags of notes painted in black. The Nigerian told him that he would use a special chemical liquid to erase the paint and turn it into money. He then demonstrated this. He then asked him for a $8,000 to buy more liquid to clean all the notes. He said that once all the notes were cleaned the Saudi man would get his prize.”

The Saudi claimed he handed over the $8,000 to the businessman and failed to be given his prize so he then contacted Dubai Police telling them he believed he had been scammed. The Nigerian was arrested as he was tried to leave the UAE. The Saudi said he handed over $350,000 in total. The case was adjourned.

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January 24, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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