Hyderabad: Three fraudsters, including a Nigerian, were arrested for duping a city-based NGO worker of Rs 16 lakh through gift parcel fraud. In another incident, cyber crime police arrested an offender from Visakhapatnam for providing bank account details to a SIM card swapping gang.
Police arrested 40-year-old Nigerian, Nonso Chife Kelvin, 30-year-old Md Sirajuddeen, a cook, and 30-year-old Subhash Singh, a labourer. All the accused are residents of Delhi.
On October 12, Sailaja, director of an NGO, involved in training women in teaching computer courses, lodged a complaint with cyber crime team of Cyberabad alleging that on September 28, she received a friend request on Facebook from James Donold of Germany. Introducing himself as a Berlin-based doctor, James appreciated Sailaja’s work and they soon started chatting on WhatsApp.
On September 30, he sent a photo of a bag saying that it was a gift parcel. Further, James told Sailaja that the parcel was at IGI Airport in Delhi and she had to pay 370 pounds to collect it from there. On October 1, Sailaja received a phone call from a man posing as a customs official. She fell for the trap and transferred Rs 16.74 lakh into various bank accounts as processing fee. Based on the victim’s complaint, police arrested the three accused from Delhi.
During interrogation, Nonso told police that he and the other accused have been working for VIP alias Ejike of Nigeria for a commission.
In another case, one T Chiranjeevi was arrested for providing bank accounts to fraudsters Sagar Mahato, Kumar Gourav Singh and Sanjay Agarwal of Kolkata so that they could transfer the fraudulently obtained amount from the victim’s bank account. The gang siphoned off Rs 35 lakh from the bank accounts of a city-based businessman.
On October 1, Sailaja received a phone call from a man posing as a customs official. She fell for the trap and transferred Rs 16 lakh into various bank accounts as processing fee