Two men who apparently scammed a doctor into buying a magic ‘Aladdin’s lamp’ for AED330,000 have been arrested in India.
The buyer, Laeek Khan, realised he’d been scammed when the lamp did not, in fact, have any magical powers, No matter how many times he rubbed it. Go figure!
“The cheats had struck a deal for much more but the doctor had paid about 7m rupees (AED330,000),” Amit Rai, a senior officer, told AFP. The men were arrested last Thursday and are in custody awaiting charges.
And in case you’re wondering, ‘Aladdin’s lamp’ looked like this…
To be fair to Laeek, there was a bit of effort on behalf of the scammers.
When they first presented the magic lamp, they managed to somehow create a supernatural figure emerging from the lamp. They then told Laeek that the lamp would bring him health, wealth and good fortunes.
Laeek only realised after he’d got home that the supernatural figure that emerged from the lamp was in fact one of the men in disguise.
And incredibly, this is a successful scam for the men! They’ve scammed other families and ‘the total amount of money involved runs into several million rupees,” according to the police.
The DubaiLAD team think everyone is much better off sticking with the original 1992 Aladdin film. Which of course features Robin Williams at his brilliant best.