Police have arrested three Nigerians and two others after they used a fake Facebook profile to trick a 51-year-old female doctor out of Rs 13.5 lakh (about 7.5 million naira) in New Delhi, India.
Police revealed that the gang posed as an Italian doctor and later, under the guise of sending gifts, allegedly defrauded her into paying the amount, reports The Indian Express.
The three Nigerians arrested are Chijioke Desmond Iheka (38), Kelechi Jonathan Dike (44), Chidozie Morris (35) and the other two are Pankaj Singh (24) and Sarfaraz Ansari (35).
Mumbai police officials said the incident happened between May and June in the western suburbs of the city as the gang approached her through a fake Facebook profile and tricked her into sending messages. first a friend request from a profile named Marco Kelvin Lucas.
“As the biography read that he was an Italian doctor, she accepted the request following which the two began to chat,” an officer said.
Later, via the fake profile, they alleged that they were sending her 85,000 euros, watches and handbags, after which one of their accomplices contacted her claiming that the bag containing these valuables had been grasped.
“Under the guise of paying customs duties, customs penalties, insurance fees and conversion procedure fees, the frauds made him pay Rs 13.59 lakh,” Deputy Police Commissioner Rashmi Karandikar said. .
The Indian Express said the woman then filed a complaint. One case was registered under the relevant sections of cheating and cheating by impersonation.
“With the help of technical evidence, they managed to track down one of the culprits, identified as Pankaj Singh (24),” Karandikar added.
During his interrogation, the names of other culprits were identified, who were also arrested in Delhi.
Following their arrest, the police seized 25 mobile phones, four laptops, a tablet and 10 debit cards.
An officer said: ‘We have learned that they also created several profiles on Facebook as they tricked several people using a similar modus operandi. We try to identify the victims and afterwards we will check if the complaint is lodged at the relevant police station as this will help us to detect more cases.