Sept 16, Colombo: The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of the Police Media and Information Division Lal Seneviratne said that the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has received 101 complaints from people alleging that more than Rs. 60 million was swindled through the internet by scams.
The victims are allegedly duped by claims that they have won lotteries in foreign countries or received valuable prizes from a foreign country.
According to DIG Lal Seneviratne, 16 Nigerians and Chinese nationals have been arrested in connection with the complaints.
DIG Lal Seneviratne stated this at a media briefing held at the Police Headquarters today.
As these scams continue DIG Seneviratne requested the public to refrain from accepting e-mails sent through the Facebook asking them to deposit money into unknown accounts, claiming that there is a prize or lottery win overseas.
The DIG said that complaints had been received that various fraudsters had made the victims to deposit money into their accounts claiming that the victim has won a lottery and money is needed to pay taxes or they have received a valuable gift and charges required for Customs clearance.
He said that no one would give away free prize money and urged the public to refrain from depositing money in such fraudulent accounts.
The DIG further said that foreigners, including Nigerians, choose Sri Lankans for such scams as most people in countries like Sri Lanka fall prey to such scams very quickly.