Hyderabad: You've got money, but deposit five percent into my bank account first for the funds to be released into your account. This is a regular kind of hoax played by frauds all over the country nowadays but most of us just ignore the call or delete message received on the mobile phone.
But this Congress MLC from Nizamabad was not smart enough to see through the fraudulent call made by a trickster who always targeted only high-profile people to squeeze money in big amounts in the name of central government funds.
MLC Akula Lalitha got a call from Balaji Naidu who claimed to be a central government official in Telangana secretariat some time back. The caller told the MLC that Rs2 crore was sanctioned for her under the Prime Minister Rojgar Yojana and asked her to deposit five percent of the amount in his bank account to get the funds released.
Believing the trickster's words blindly, Lalitha asked her husband to deposit Rs10 lakh into the caller's bank account. After the deposit was made, they waited eagerly for the funds to come into their account but in vain. After one month's wait, the MLC realized that she was duped and then lodged a complaint with the police.
The police in their investigation found that Balaji Naidu, a native of Kirlampudi in East Godavari district, is a habitual offender and duped none other than actor-MLA Balakrishna and another senior MLA on similar pretexts earlier. Balaji worked as an AE at Ramagundam NTPC and was removed from service on charges of corruption. From then, he has been targeting businessmen, MLAs and MPs to extract money in the name of central government funds.
So, this time if you receive a call informing you that you've got money, don't get excited but alert the police.