3 Nigerians held from Delhi for cyber fraud

  • | Tuesday | 19th September, 2023

Varanasi: The Cyber Cell unit of Azamgarh arrested three Nigerians from Delhi on the charges of fraud and duping a woman of Rs 32 lakh in Sahatwar area of Ballia district by offering her expensive gifts on her marriage. The arrested trio confessed that they were operating a cyber fraud gang with the help of some youths of north-east states. They were staying in Nihal Vihar in Delhi on study and medical visa.Talking to TOI on Monday, the SP cyber crime Triveni Singh said that a team led by Azamgarh cyber crime cells inspector Vimal Prakash Rai raided a flat in Guru Govind Nagar under Nihal Vihar police station area of Delhi on September 16 and arrested Chibuike Austin, Chimezie Justice and Chimampka Kizito, belonging to IMO state of Nigeria. The police recovered two laptops, seven mobile phones, router, four passports, four sim cards of India and Nigeria each, fake documents including gift packs, around 100 Instagram and Facebook user IDs and passwords and 1,000 Indian contact numbers from them. They all were brought to Ballia district on Sunday and sent to jail after producing before the court, he said.Providing details of the case, the officials said that on May 14 a woman of Sahatwar area in Ballia district lodged an FIR with the local police alleging that she was duped of Rs 32 lakh through an Instagram account. She alleged that after befriending her, the fraudster promised to give her costly gifts. Later, she was asked to transfer money in their bank account in the name of advocate fee, customs duty, file fee and other charges.The case was transferred to cyber cell Azamgarh on July 20 after which the location of the cyber fraudsters was traced in Delhi. The officials said that during initial interrogation, the arrested accused divulged that during their stay in India on student or medical visa they had formed a nexus with some youths of north-east states to procure sim cards. They told the police that they used to offer lucrative proposals like gifting expensive mobile phones, diamond neckless and others to target their victims. Later they used to ask them to transfer money in name of fee, duty or charges for sending the gifts in a bank account. After the money was transferred, the trio used to withdraw it through ATMs, said the officials. The cyber cell officials said that search is on to nab the woman accomplices of the gang.

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