In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 15th, October, 2020

4 Nigerians Apprehended In India For Alleged Cyber Fraud

Four Nigerians Apprehended In India For Alleged Cyber Fraud


The Suspects

The Cyber police in India have arrested 4 Nigerian nationals and one Indian citizen for allegedly defrauding an ex-army nurse of the sum of Rs 41.70 lakh after befriending her on social media.

The accused recognized as Michael Scott Kolain (23), Idu Greenback Okeke (32), Imu Sunday Azubaike (32), Kelvin Neke (29) (all Nigerians) and Sujeet Dilip Tiwari (25) had been arrested from Delhi below IPC sections 420 (dishonest)

They had been produced earlier than courtroom on Tuesday, October 13 and remanded until October 19.

The Nigerians, posing as fabric merchants, had been allegedly concerned in a racket working in Mumbai in Maharashtra, Kolkata, Delhi and Nagaland. They’d allegedly duped a number of Indians to the tune of crores of rupees by means of on-line fraud.

In keeping with Nagpur cyber crime police, within the newest case, the accused befriended Reena Samsher Singh, 56, on Fb through the use of faux profiles after which lured her with a job in Canadian military and supply of profitable presents.

Certainly one of them claimed to be from the US and instructed her that he would ship her presents and gold jewelery. The accused requested her to deposit cash in numerous financial institution accounts for `releasing’ the products from the customs.

She then acquired WhatsApp messages, threatening to implicate her in a cash laundering case if she did not pay. She thus ended up depositing Rs 41.70 lakh in accounts in Vijaya Financial institution, Canara Financial institution, UCO Financial institution and HDFC Financial institution.

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Lastly, realizing that she was being defrauded by cyber criminals, she approached the police. The cyber police tracked down the accused from CCTV footage of financial institution branches the place she had deposited the cash.

The cash acquired from the ex-Military official was diverted into eight completely different accounts. Most of those accounts had been traced to Delhi resident, Sujit Tiwari, who was the primary one to be picked up by the town police workforce.

Cyber cops, below metropolis police chief Amitesh Kumar and extra CP Sunil Phulari, had frozen the eight financial institution accounts with steadiness of round Rs18 lakhs, seized 13 cellphones and 18 completely different bank cards from the gang. Police are but to hint out the passport and visas of the Nigerian nationals.

A workforce of solely six individuals, comprising senior inspector Raghavendrasingh Khirsagar, Asst PI Vishal Mane, head constable Sanjay Tiwari, constable Ajay Pawar, Deepak Chavan and Bablu Thakur needed to try for a number of days in Delhi to arrest the Nigerian nationals and their native contact Tiwari. One of many Nigerians had practically slipped away from the cops however was pinned down by the alert workforce.

It was Tiwari who helped the racket together with his financial institution accounts, Sim playing cards and different paperwork to obtain the cash from their victims. Police managed to hint and nab Tiwari first, from whom particulars of the Nigerians had been principally gathered.

The police seized 18 bank cards and dozens of cellphones from their possession. Additional probe is ongoing.

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