Nigerian man arrested for romantic scam in India
Indian police arrested a Nigerian citizen, who leads a criminal gang along with three other people, for allegedly robbing a woman worth more than 7 thousand rupees (more than three million naira) after he introduced himself as a US citizen and got to know her online.
Chijioke, 37, has been identified as the racketeer boss, and Prakash Gurung, Paras Mehta, Ankit (all from Nepal) and Vinay Kumar from Champaran in Bihar were arrested in connection with the crime.
Chijioke and his brother Frank Obinna engaged in racketeering while Prakash brought people from Nepal and opened their accounts at various banks using fake IDs prepared by Vinay.
The police received a complaint from a woman who claimed to have accessed a profile addressed to Dr. Vijaya Giri on an online dating app. She became friends with the account owner and started chatting with him on WhatsApp.
The man who pretended to be Dr. Geary claimed to be a US citizen but lives in the UK and wanted to meet her. He also asked her to look for a home in Delhi for her to live in.
About 10 months later, the woman received a call from “Dr. Giri” who landed in Mumbai but was stuck with customs officials for importing foreign currency and extra baggage and therefore needed money to pay the fine and bribe.
At his request, he transferred funds to various bank accounts as indicated. Therefore she was deceived by about 7 lakhs.
During the investigation, the police analyzed the details of the five bank accounts to which the funds were transferred. All accounts had five different names.
According to the agent, one of the account holders was an African citizen. According to police, it was established that the defendants opened new accounts and their credit or debit cards were delivered to them at an address in the CR Park area.
“On Friday, a raid was carried out in the area of the park of the Chechen Republic, and three citizens of Nepal were arrested. Based on their disclosure, Kumar, who had previously prepared forged documents for them, was also arrested by Rajender Nagar.“Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southwest) Ingit Pratap Singh.
Police said further investigation led to Chijioke’s arrest. Preliminary interrogation revealed that the head of this gang were Chijioke and her brother, Frank Obinna.
According to DCP, Gurung brought people from Nepal and opened accounts in various banks in their name using fake ID documents prepared by Kumar.
They used to get SIM cards from fake Indian IDs. The boss gave 1 lakh rupees for bringing in a fictitious account holder from Nepal.
Debit cards from newly opened bank accounts were then handed over to the boss, who used those accounts to trick people, police said.
Police seized 12 passbooks from various banks, 11 debit cards, seven checkbooks, eight mobile phones, nine Aadhar cards, seven Pan cards, a printer, a stolen scooter and other items they owned.