Hyderabad: Rachakonda Cyber Crimes Police have arrested five notorious fraudsters from African countries for cheating gullible citizens under the guise of providing foreign funds.
According to cops, all five offenders hail from Nigeria. However, they traveled to India on different passports including Republic of Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria.
Accused Akpalu Godstime, Nkeki Confidence David arrived in India on business Visa, while Adjel Gift Osas, Kromah Oyibo came on Tourist visa. Ehigiator Daniel arrived in India on a Medical visa.
All five overstayed in India. Since 2019 all five offenders have been living in New Delhi. Police said the main accused Akpalu Godstime was in a live-in relationship with Sophia Alex of Manipuri.
The accused created several Facebook IDs. They downloaded different pictures of westerners and used them as Facebook profiles.
Their modus operandi included sending friend requests by selecting random people on Facebook. Once they respond to their friend requests, they start chatting and making them believe that they can help them financially.
After few days, they would ring up victims and inform them that their person has arrived in Mumbai of New Delhi Airport with huge European currency, Gold, and costly mobile phones.
Simultaneously, victims used to receive phone calls from people who identified themselves as customs department officials. They would ask people to pay customs duty and other charges for releasing luggage containing foreign currency, gold, and mobile phones. They would provide different account numbers with instructions to deposit money. Once victims transferred money into their accounts, they will stop chatting.
Police said the accused have cheated many people across India and amassed huge money.
Cyber Crime Police collected IP logs and other technical information and identified their location in New Delhi.
The team visited New Delhi and arrested all the five accused and seized their passports, WIFI broadband, routers which they used for communication purposes. They were brought to Hyderabad on transit warrants and remanded to judicial custody.