KBC aspirants from Bihar in dupe trap

At least two people from Bihar have been duped in their quest to become ‘crorepati’ via “Kaun Banega Crorepati” show.

Raj Kumar, engineering student from the land of Sushil Kumar (the first contestant to ever win Rs 5 crore in KBC, season-5) recently received a call from a person who posed as Sushil Kumar and informed him that since he had been short-listed for the KBC show, he should deposit Rs 6500 as ‘processing fee’. KBC does not charge any fee from participants.

Raj informed his relative Om Prakash in Champaran, who cross-checked the matter with Sushil Kumar. Sushil immediately informed KBC director Siddharth Basu about the issue.

A horrified Basu assured him that he would alert viewers about such fraud in the forthcoming episodes. But by that time, another KBC aspirant Praveen Kumar Gupta of Bihar’s Buxar district had already been duped of Rs 14,000 in three different instalments by the conman who rang up Praveen on six different occasions using six different numbers.

Praveen was asked to deposit Rs 2000 (as fee for Sushil’s team visiting Buxar), Rs 3500 (for Amitabh’s signature) and Rs 8500 (as service tax) in the SBI account. Praveen did so. But when he was again asked to deposit Rs 25,000 in a separate account a couple of days back, he smelt a rat. It was then that he realised that he had been taken for a ride. Police said they are ready to take action if they get a written complaint.

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