Hyderabad: Rachakonda police busted cyber fraudsters gang and arrested a Nigerian citizen from Bengaluru.
Identified as Daniel Obiano, he came to India in 2011 on a student visa and completed his studies in Mumbai.
Police said in 2018, he shifted base to Bangalore and joined his Nigerian friends. Police said they posed as European citizens on Facebook, Instagram, and Telegram to defraud the people.
"In that process accused started downloading many photos of European men and women from Facebook accounts. Later he along with his Nigerian friends, Banke, Okah Oyis, and Abuja Bro, created several fake Facebook accounts with different names. They used to send friend requests to their targeted persons," police said.
According to police they used to gather the bank account passbooks and ATM/Debit Cards of people with the help of some agents.
They used to buy the SIM cards from the retailers without submitting any documents by paying extra money.
"Mostly north-eastern Indians provide the bank accounts on a commission basis to them. With the help of different mobile apps, they used to act as customs officials of Airports. They used to destroy their phones and SIM cards soon after the amount was transferred into their accounts," police said.
Police said they also defrauded a resident of Kushaiguda in Hyderabad and promised to arrange a job for him and his sister in Pepsico Company in Canada.
Police said they extracted Rs.51,32,000 as registration fee, offer letter fee, visa fee, IELTS, etc. "They used the money to fund their lavish lifestyle," police said.
Police said the investigation is in progress. "Investigation Officer along with the team proceeded to Bangalore and arrested Daniel Obiano on August 7. He was produced before the court for judicial custody. His friends are absconding," police said.