A 41 year old man from India became the victim of a financial scam after being convinced that he’d won the BBC lottery.
The 41 year old Ratan Kumar Malbisoi from Orissa, India, was scammed two years ago, when he received a text message stating that he had won between 20 and 30 million rupees (around $320,000 – $480,000) from BBC’s national lottery. All he had to do was to pay 4,000 rupees ($63) in order to receive the payment. However, the unemployed father of three wasn’t able to pay the process fee. Nevertheless, the BBC “official” who had sent the scam text message told Mr. Malbisoi he would still send him a cheque. Unsurprisingly, the man didn’t receive a dime, so he decided to travel more than 1,000 miles to Delhi in order to speak with BBC officials. All he got was an explanation about the phishing scam he was being put through.
The truly sad part is that Mr. Malbisoi still believes he has won the lottery in question.