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SMS fraud: South African woman arrested

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Mary Habeeba Abaimu (37) was arrested yesterday following a complaint lodged by Nanda Kishore, police said here today.

Kishore, in his complaint to police, said that the woman had send an SMS informing him that he won a cash prize of Rs 200 crore in a lottery and asked him to pay USD 8500 as service charge in order to get the prize.

When the women arrived at Chalakkudi to collect the amount from Kishore, she was arrested and charges under various sections of IPC, including 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences) and 420 (cheating) besides various sections under Information Technology Act and Indian Passport Act, police said.

A magistrate court remanded her to Judicial custody for 15 days.


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