The Pune City Police have arrested three Nigerian nationals in Delhi for allegedly defrauding and extorting Rs 3.98 crore (N219,067,155.42) from a 60-year-old girl in Pune.
According to IndianTimes, the accused, Jango Nicolas (29), Monday Okeke (26) and Paulinus Mbanugo (29), at present reside in Nilothi Extension, New Delhi.
The girl, who’s the complainant on this case, works in a really senior place in a non-public firm.
Last 12 months, she got here in touch with an individual on Facebook who claimed to be from a overseas nation.
This particular person was an internet fraudster however posed as somebody in a distinguished place by pretending to have assistants and account managers, police stated.
Over the following few months, the complainant and the fraudster communicated often, exchanged telephone numbers and began conversing on WhatsApp, police stated.
Sometime later, it was the complainant’s birthday and the fraudster instructed her he had despatched her a high-end iPhone as a present, police stated.
From this level on, massive sums of cash had been taken from the complainant on the pretext of customs clearance at Delhi Airport and different false causes, police stated.
The fraudster even claimed he had been arrested after reaching India and demanded cash to rearrange his launch and for medical remedy, police stated.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber Crime and Economic Offences) Bhagyashree Navtake stated, “In this case, the online criminals initially started taking money on the pretext of sending gifts like iPhone, jewellery and foreign currency and for various false reasons like customs clearance and other formalities for these gifts. The complainant was promised that she would be compensated for the money she was giving… She had made transfers of funds up to Rs 1 crore for these gifts.
“However, what started as a gift fraud turned into online extortion. The suspects started threatening her with various legal actions. She was told that there were illegalities involved in the items she had paid for and she would face action from government agencies. She transferred even more money under these threats.”
Senior Police Inspector D S Hake stated the complainant ended up transferring Rs 3,98,75,500 to on-line fraudsters in as many as 207 transactions from two financial institution accounts.
The cash was transferred to 67 accounts of 25 banks between September 2020 and March 2021.