Visakhapatnam: Visakhapatnam police on Wednesday arrested one Nigerian National Ezumezu Lucky Ozah (34) and Deepak (32) from Gurgaon for catfishing a man. The duo posed as women and duped Saomir Kumar Das, a retired Central Government employee to a tune of Rs 34 lakh by offering elegant gifts, foreign currency, and gold jewellery.

City police Commissioner RK Meena said that Das from Vizag befriended one Anna Rose on Facebook. Anna introduced herself as a businessperson from Birmingham in the UK. Das chatted with her for over a few months, during which she told him that she was sending him expensive gifts, currency, gold, and a few other items. She also said that the parcel would arrive in India on October 3, 2019.

After a couple of weeks, Das received a call from a woman who posed herself as a Delhi Airport Customs officer. She informed Das that someone has sent him foreign currency and expensive gifts, and asked him to pay the duty to get his parcel.

The woman said that the duty amount would be deposited in the accounts of the RBI and Customs Department. She sent some bank accounts details to Das and asked him to pay Rs 34.19 lakh to claim the parcel. Believing the woman, Das deposited the amount in various bank accounts. Later, Das realised that he was cheated and he lodged a complaint with the cybercrimes police station in Vizag.

Inspector of Police V Gopinath, who investigated the case, got a clue that Das deposited some amount in Deepak’s account. The latter runs a mobile phone shop in Gurgaon. Gopinath and his team went to Gurgaon and caught Deepak with the support of the Gurgaon police. With inputs from Deepak, Vizag police caught the Nigerian national Ezumezu Lucky Ozah, who masterminded the fraud.

RK Meena said that police managed to seize Rs 2 lakh in cash, 95 SIM cards, five debit cards, two passports, one laptop, seven mobile phones and a few others from the gang. The police suspect that Ezumezu Ozah and Deepak have duped more people. The investigation is on to find out the number of victims.

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