The police have urged the public to be cautious of attempts by some groups who dupe people by sending them an SMS on the mobile phone claiming they have won a lottery.
A statement by the police said that people are often told to deposit money to an account number as a registration fee or transport fee to obtain the winning lottery.
The police also said that a fake lottery number is provided to the “winner” but eventually it comes to light that there was no such lottery.
In some cases, the police said that certain elements telephone people saying they are calling from a reputed company which is already having a recognized lottery and obtain money to transfer the winning amount.
The police have urged the public to contact the nearest police station and lodge a complaint if they receive such suspicious SMS messages or telephone calls. (Colombo Gazette)