Hyderabad: A Nigerian man and his accomplice were arrested by the sleuths of the Rachakonda cyber crime police on 17 April for cheating people by promising them gifts and money.
The accused have been identified as Henry Chukwuvi Opera (31) from Nigeria who is a football coach at GouthamBuddha Nagar in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, and his accomplice Suraj (29), an auto driver. The police seized cash worth Rs. 16,000, a mobile phone, PAN card, and a debit card from them.
According to the police, Henry came to India on a medical Visa for surgery. He married a woman from Karnataka and later found a job as a football coach in New Delhi. There he met another Nigerian who introduced him to his friends who were involved in online gift frauds, job frauds, and loan frauds.
Henry, too, launched a scam to make easy money. In December 2020, he cheated a person from Hyderabad on the pretext of sending gifts and money from the UK. He then fabricated a story saying the parcel was with the Customs officials at Delhi airport and ₹18lakhs was needed to release it. The victim transferred the said amount to various bank accounts provided by Suraj. The latter also helped Henry withdraw the money for which he was paid ₹50,000 as commission.
The police have warned netizens to remain cautious and never respond to friend requests or calls from strangers who approach them through social media.