Doc duped into splashing out £32k on ‘Aladdin’s lamp’ that would ‘make him rich’

A couple of men who sold "Aladdin's lamp" to a doctor for £32,000 have been arrested.

The men from Uttar Pradesh in India, promised a doctor that buying the lamp would bring him wealth and health.

To help with their sales pitch, the fraudsters pretended to conjure up spirits like a Genie from the lamp, as told in The Arabian Nights, Indian media report.

The sale price for the lamp was initially set at £155,000 but the doctor thought he was on for a good deal after negotiating the price down to £32,000.

A woman also suspected of selling the lamp, remains at large.

The doctor reportedly filed a complaint with local police in Meerut, western Uttar Pradesh, earlier in the week.

In the complaint, quoted by NDTV, he said he met the two men when he began treating a woman he understood to be their mother.

He said: "Gradually they started telling me about a baba (godman) whom they claimed also visited their home.

"They started brainwashing me and asked me to meet this baba."

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He met the baba "who seemed to perform such rituals".

He also reportedly said that "during one visit 'Aladdin' actually made an appearance in front of me" and it was only later that he realised it was just one of the salesmen in fancy dress.

Other reports in Indian media suggest that the suspects created the illusion of a genie which convinced the doctor that the lamp was worth every penny.

The men eventually agreed to sell the lamp, promising it "would bring wealth, health and good fortune", for 15,000,000 Indian rupees but accepted a down payment of 33,10000 rupees.

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A senior Meerut police officer, Amit Rai, told NDTV that the same men were suspected of cheating other families in similar ways. "Two have been arrested. A woman is on the run," he said.

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