Indian doctor duped into buying 'Aladdin's lamp' for $41,500
The lamp is now in the hands of the police
Two men were arrested in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh for allegedly tricking a doctor into buying an "Aladdin lamp" that they had promised would bring him prosperity and health.
As part of the scam, they even pretended to conjure up ghosts from the lamp, according to the story from The Arabian Nights, Indian media reports.
The men reportedly wanted more than $ 200,000 for the lamp, but were satisfied with a down payment of $ 41,500.
A third female suspect is at large.
The doctor reportedly filed a complaint with local police in Meerut, west of Uttar Pradesh, earlier this week.
In the complaint cited by NDTV, he said he met the two men when, over the course of a month, he began treating a woman he considered her mother.
"Gradually, they began to tell me about a baba (god-man) who they said had also visited their house. They started brainwashing me and asked me to meet this baba," he said, according to NDTV. Then he met the Baba "who seemed to be performing such rituals".
He also reportedly said that "Aladdin 'actually appeared before me during a visit," and it was only later that he realized that one of the defendants had disguised himself as an icon.
Other reports in Indian media suggest that the suspects pretended to summon a ghost to convince the doctor of the authenticity of the lamp.
The men eventually offered him the lamp for 15,000,000 Indian rupees (US $ 201,000) and promised to "bring prosperity, health and happiness," but were content with a deposit of Rs 310,000 (US $ 41,584).
A senior Meerut police officer, Amit Rai, told NDTV that the same men were suspected of cheating on other families in similar ways. "Two have been arrested. One woman is on the run," he said.
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