Hyderabad: A team of Cyber Crime Police, CCS, DD, Hyderabad, arrested two persons for cheating people by claiming that they need money to release a gift parcel from Germany that came for them but got stuck at the Delhi airport customs.

According to the police, Anil Poniya (23) Prashanth Kumar (20), both from UP, would contact people through Facebook and earn their trust. They would forward the profile to some African nationals and together they would chat with the victims. Targeting the victims' financial condition, they would tell them that a parcel with gold, electronics or such valuables has come for them from Germany but they need money to pay for official formalities. They would impersonate officials from the Delhi airport and send photos of the parcel to gain their trust. Once they get the money deposited into their bank accounts they would switch off the phone.

Their crimes came to light when a woman from Chilakalaguda complained to the police saying that she was duped of Rs 13 lakhs by the fraudsters. A team of officials, after a thorough investigation, traced the duo to Delhi and arrested them. Four mobile phones, 16 ATM cards of different banks, and SIM cards were seized from them.

They advised the public not to accept requests from strangers online.

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