Visakhapatnam: Vizag police on Wednesday arrested four Nigerian nationals and one woman from Delhi for duping a Vizag man of Rs 6.62 lakh on the pretext of donating Rs 39 crore as charity to help the poor.
The arrested have been identified as Everistus (38), Koffi Eric (32), Ohazurume Emmanuel Abuchi (30) and Ogunjiofor Chukwujekwu Solomon (30), all are Nigerian nationals residing in Delhi and local woman Eusivia Lyngkhoi (27).
Commissioner of Police RK Meena said that one Sanjay Singh, from the city received an SMS from Aisha, who claimed that she is a widow from UK and she wanted to donate all her property ($5.5 million) as charity to help the poor people in India.
She asked Sanjay Singh to contact her through e-mail. Believing her words, he sent his personal data and his plans to utilize the funds. Later, the woman informed Sanjay through mails that her lawyer would transfer the funds.
He received many mails and phone calls in the name of customs, bank, insurance, RBI and few other departments citing that they had initiated the exercise to transfer the funds to him. Later, they asked Sanjay to deposit Rs 6.62 lakh as fee for clearance from departments for the fund transfer. Sanjay deposited the amount in 13 bank accounts, which were provided by them.
However, he failed to get the funds. On realising that he was conned by cyber criminals, he approached the police and lodged a complaint.
Inspector of Cybercrimes police station V Gopinath and his team investigated the case and found that one Eusivia Lyngkhoi provided the bank accounts to Sanjay and nabbed her. Based on her inputs, the police managed to nab the four Nigerians, who masterminded the crime.
The police said that the four have been staying in Delhi and they are investigating the case from various angles to fish out their criminal background.
The police seized two laptops, six mobile phones, seven SIM cards, two passbooks, and Rs 55,000 in cash.