- During one of his visits, the doctor asked to touch the lamp or take it home.
The men refused his request, saying that doing so can harm him.
- He also revealed that the “genie” was just one of the men wearing a disguise.
We just wish that Aladdin’s lamp is a real thing, so we can all just rub it and have a genie grant us whatever we want via three wishes. Alas, it’s just the stuff of fairy tales and all of us know such thing cannot exist in real life – well, except for this man.
A doctor in India was reported to have been duped into buying an “Aladdin’s Lamp,” as he was probably promised to have his wishes granted. Being conned into such is cringy enough, but paying a whopping $93,000 (about 7 million rupees) for it makes it so much worse.
Dr. Laeek Khan went to the police in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh to complain about the incident. In his statement, he said that he met a group of men while he was treating a woman which he thought at one time was their mother.
One of the men pretended to be part of a cult who can make a “jinn,” a term for supernatural figure, appear from a lamp.
“Gradually they started telling me about a ‘baba’ (priest) whom they claimed also visited their home. They started brainwashing me and asked me to meet this baba,” Khan told the police.
He added that he also met the “priest” who can also perform these rituals. During one of his visits, the doctor asked to touch the lamp or take it home. The men refused his request, saying that doing so can harm him.
Eventually, Khan was talked to purchase the lamp, with the promise that it would bring him good fortune. He also revealed that the “genie” was just one of the men wearing a disguise.
Amit Rai, a senior officer, said that the men were arrested and being held in custody.
“The cheats had struck a deal for much more but the doctor had paid about seven million rupees ($93,000).”
He also revealed that the wife of one of the men was also involved and she is currently on the run.
“The men have also cheated other families using the same modus operandi. The total amount of money involved runs into several million rupees,” Rai added.
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