Saturday, April 23, 2016 12:36 pm
Cyber police in the Indian city of Mumbai have arrested two Nigerians in Delhi for duping a woman of Rs 2.2 lakh($3,300).
The duped woman, 42 years old, is the secretary of a high court judge.
She was preyed upon by the two Nigerians, Casmir Chijioke and Oliver Onyeka after they befriended her on a social networking site, using false names. The cyber police team and the accused——will reach Mumbai today They will be charged to court.
One of the accused had sent a friend request in the first week of March to the 42-year-old woman, who is the secretary of a high court judge, and introduced himself as ‘John Hammer,’ a businessman from UK. He later told her that he would soon come to India on a ‘business visit’.
On March 22, the victim received a call from a woman claiming to be a customs official at Delhi airport who demanded that she pay up to release the UK national who was “detained as he was found to be in possession of currency which he did not declare”. The case was detected after the cyber police team, which went to Delhi, zeroed in on a pregnant woman who withdrew money from an ATM minutes after the victim deposited the sum on March 22.
“A Mumbai police team which stayed for three days in Delhi, tracked accounts in five banks and went through the CCTV footage of ATM withdrawals. One footage showed a pregnant woman withdrawing money from the ATM soon after the amount was transferred.”
The victim complained she received a call from a woman saying the UK friend was caught by customs for smuggling and needs money to get out of jail, failing which she (the victim) too would be in trouble,” said additional commissioner of police (crime) K M M Prasanna.