A 25-year-old Nigerian has been arrested in India for allegedly defrauding a 62-year-old woman from Indore, Madhya Pradesh,to the tune of Rs 31.64 lakh (N16,048,923.81)
The accused, Wisdom Obinna, from Imo State, was part of a gang that befriended women on social media and then duped them with lottery and gift frauds, said Indore Cyber Cell Superintendent of Police, Jitendra Singh, on Friday, April 9.
“Obinna was arrested from Delhi, where he was staying even after his business visa expired. Efforts are on to nab other members of the gang,” he added.
During the interrogation, the accused said that he came to India on Business Visa in 2014 and 2017. After the visa expired, he became active in cheating and used to operate from Delhi.
The gang members befriend Indian girls and women on Facebook by creating accounts with different foreign fake IDs.
After Wisdom has made friends with the women, he lured his victims by claiming he sent them some expensive gifts.
Later, other members of the gang pose as custom officers and demand money in the name of Tax and Penalty to get the parcel, send a message through bank account WhatsApp and get the money transfer. They would also threaten the victim with legal action.
Police recovered eight passbooks of various banks, three ATM cards, two laptops, three pen drives, 9 mobile phones, eight SIM cards, two dongles, passports and Rs 11000 in cash from the accused.