In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 19th, October, 2020

54-year-old Nigerian Man, Two Indians Apprehended For Defrauding Individuals

54-year-old Nigerian Man, Two Indians Apprehended For Defrauding People

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The Suspects

A Nigerian nationwide alongside two northeast Indians have been arrested by the Rachakonda cyber crime sleuths in Hyderabad for scamming folks within the title of charity.

The arrested individuals have been 54-year-old Obidimma Hillary, Lal David and Paukhawmuan alaias Muan Lion Thang, residents of Bengaluru and natives of Mizoram. The kingpin recognized as Niyibizi Egide, is on the run.

Confirming the arrest on Friday, October 16, the police mentioned the gang contacted random folks on social media platforms like Fb and Instagram and mentioned they’d obtained big cash as funds for charity work from philanthropists, with which they wished to assist others.

“They instructed the victims they’d switch funds as US to their financial institution accounts for taking over charity work in India. They then made the victims switch funds to numerous financial institution accounts citing causes like foreign money conversion, RBI clearance certificates and different such faux fees,” police mentioned.

In line with the police, on 13 February, 42-year-old Prashanthi, a resident of Yapral, met the accused on Twitter and began speaking about non secular issues. Later, they began chatting on Hangouts. Throughout their chats, the accused instructed the sufferer that he had obtained a donation of $6,52,000 from a rich man within the UK for charity functions. He instructed Prashanthi he would switch the quantity to her checking account for charity works in India.

In the meantime, one other accused impersonated a Customs official and requested Prashanthi to switch Rs 23 lakhs to 16 completely different financial institution accounts citing varied fees to launch the agreed quantity. After the sufferer realized that she had been cheated she lodged a criticism with the cyber crimes police, Rachakonda, and a case was registered below varied sections of the IPC and the IT Act.

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The three accused allegeldy collected particulars of various financial institution accounts of northeast Indians, together with the web banking consumer ID, password, ATM playing cards, and PIN numbers by paying Rs 10,000 per account. Obidimma Hillary allegedly shared the account particulars with Niyibizi Egide. On this means, they’d cheated Prashanthi to the tune of Rs 23 lakhs. After the funds have been credited to their accounts, Obidimma Hillary and Lal David withdrew the cash.

Obidimma and the opposite two suspects recorded their confessions on Friday. They instructed the police that Egide, who’s on the run, focused folks by means of social media.

The police seized 5 cell phones, 18 financial institution ATM playing cards from the accused and warned the general public to not settle for any random pal requests over social media.

 

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