Indian doctor duped into buying 'Aladdin's lamp' for RM386,000 after genie show


This handout photograph released by the Uttar Pradesh Police shows a lamp which was allegedly sold for US$93,000 with the claim that it had magic powers as described in the popular folk tale "Aladdin's lamp", at the Brahampuri police station in New Delhi. Two men who allegedly duped a doctor into buying an "Aladdin's lamp" for $93,000 -- and even conjured up a fake genie -- have been arrested in India, an official said on Nov 1. - AFP

NEW DELHI, Nov 1 (AFP): Two men who allegedly duped a doctor into buying an "Aladdin's lamp" for US$93,000 (RM386,000) -- and even conjured up a fake genie -- have been arrested in India, an official said Sunday.

Laeek Khan approached police in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh after he realised the lamp did not have any magical powers, as described in the popular folk tale about Aladdin and his wish-granting genie that appears when it is rubbed.

"The cheats had struck a deal for much more but the doctor had paid about seven million rupees ($93,000)," Amit Rai, a senior officer told AFP.

He said the men were arrested on Thursday and were remanded in custody ahead of charges being filed.

"The wife of one of these men was also involved in the fraud. She is on the run," Rai added.

In his complaint filed last Sunday, Khan said one of the men pretended to be an occultist and made a "jinn" -- a supernatural figure -- appear from the lamp, local media reported.

But when Khan asked if he could touch the genie or take the lamp home, they refused, saying it might cause him harm, the complaint stated.

Eventually they sold the lamp to him, promising it would bring health, wealth and good fortune.

Khan stated that he later realised the "genie" was actually just one of the men in disguise.

"The men have also cheated other families using the same modus operandi. The total amount of money involved runs into several million rupees," Rai said. - AFP
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