06 Apr '11, 5am

Hooked online and sinker

Hooked online and sinker

Through an online lottery website, Tashi, a school teacher in Paro, not only won a US green card but also a free air ticket to the United States. Only a few formalities remained and Tashi, overjoyed, printed the email and showed it to his friends. A few warned him it might be a scam. "I thought it must be real," he said. This occurred last month, indicating that as more and more Bhutanese go online they continue to be vulnerable to online scams. The honorary consul of Bhutan to the UK, Michael Rutland, told Kuensel that he had come across "two serious cases of fraud" this year alone. One included a Bhutanese woman who paid an $1,136 (Indian Nu 40,000) for processing a UK visa. The woman believed she had secured a job as a receptionist in a "high-class" hotel in London after responding to an online advertisement, said Rutland. The Indian citizen, who claimed to be from the ...

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