Nigerian Man And His Girl-Friend Arrested For Scam In Indian

No fewer than four persons, including a Nigerian national and his girlfriend, were apprehended  in India for purportedly duping people after befriending them on social media, Faridabad police stated on Monday, November 29.
Police affirmed that the suspects were apprehended on Saturday, having been active in Delhi-NCR for the past one year with no fewer than  50 cases registered against the syndicate.
The suspects were identified as Chinonso Roy Akata, who resides  in Delhi’s Tuglakabad, his girlfriend Sangeeta, Ajay Kumar of Bihar who resides in Delhi’s Jasola on rent, and Atif Ali of Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, also an inhabitant of Delhi.
Akata who is in his late thirties was cohabiting with Sangeeta. The police added that the passport Akata  came to India with was  a student visa and had expired six months ago therefore, he was staying in India illegally.
The suspects were said to have befriended people on Facebook and then convinced them into transferring  money on the disguise of sending them expensive presents and foreign currency, said police, adding that all the suspects were apprehended in Delhi.
Faridabad police said that they received a complaint from a 28-year-old engineer working at a private company in the city claiming that he was defrauded of 5.78 lakh by a woman who befriended him online in October.
Faridabad deputy commissioner of police (crime), Narender Kadiyan, said that the Nigerian national with the help of a Delhi woman formed a syndicate and started Defrauding people after creating false profiles.
“Akata and Sangeeta created fake social media profiles and befriended people by posing as women. They would tell the victims that they are visiting India along with their siblings to meet them to finalise the wedding. Later, the victims used to receive calls from a man posing as customs officer who would inform them that the duo are caught with valuables worth several lakhs of rupees and they have to pay custom duty for their release,” he said.
Police revealed that Akata’s bank account had transactions worth ?65 lakh in the last two months. Station house officer of Faridabad cyber police station, Basant Kumar, said that the suspects used to tell victims that they would get precious gifts as a token of friendship or would propose marriage to them.
The SHO added that Ajay  provided Sangeeta and Akata SIM cards to make calls to dupe people, and Ali opened accounts for them to transfer money. “All the suspects were taken on seven-day police remand on Sunday after being produced before the court,” he said. An FIR was registered on Sunday at Faridabad cyber police station, after an investigation by the cyber cell.
“Our cyber police team put the suspects’ numbers on surveillance and their locations were traced, following which they were arrested,” said SHO Kumar
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