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New Delhi: Delhi police have arrested two Nigerian men for allegedly cheating a woman in the national capital on pretext of clearing customs fees for valueable items, officials said on Sunday.
The accused have been identified as Alex (30), a resident of City Bein, Edo state, Nigeria, and Ibeh (45), a resident of Oduduwa street, Lagos, Nigeria. They were arrested from Greater Noida, officials said. "On February 2, 2023, Delhi police received a complaint from a 24-year-old woman alleging that she met a person namely Aman Arora on a matrimonial site who introduced himself as marine engineer in UK. After that they started chatting on WhatsApp," the police said.
Allegedly, the accused shared airline ticket from London to Mumbai with the complainant.
On 01.02.2023, complainant received a call from a person claiming to be an officer from Mumbai airport and told that Aman Arora has been detained as he was carrying 40,000 pounds with him. The complainant paid Rs 8500 for registration of valuable articles as requested by the officer, officials said.
According to the police, the complainant made several payments subsequently amounting to a total of Rs 4 lakh on different pretexts whenever asked by the alleged custom officer. After that she got suspicious and filed the complaint.
Accordingly, a case under the sections 419/420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered and investigation taken up. In order to solve the case and nab the criminals involved in the case, a special team was constituted.
During the course of investigation, on the basis of technical analysis of mobile numbers and IPs, it was learnt that the gang is operating from Greater Noida. Local intelligence was also developed on the suspects and it was learnt that the suspects are Nigerian nationals and reside in rented accommodations in Greater Noida.
"With the information gathered at ground level and technical support, the location/address of the suspect was identified and raid was conducted in a society in Greater Noida. One accused person was apprehended who revealed his identity as Alex. The Mobile phone used in the crime was recovered from his possession. He was arrested accordingly," said the police.
"On sustained interrogation, the accused Alex disclosed that he came to India on medical visa in 2020. With the help of his associates he started cheating by making fake marriage proposals or sending expensive gifts. They created fake profiles on social media in the name of persons settled in UK using fake pics of them. Then they contacted Indian ladies through social media apps. After proposing them for marriage and luring them in the name of expensive gifts, they asked for money under the pretext of custom clearances," the police added.
According to the police reports, the accused had created a profile in the name of Aman Arora at a matrimonial site in this particular case. After that during chatting they lured her for marriage and to settle in USA. His other associates Ibeh used to manage bank accounts for siphoning off the cheated amount.
Accordingly, during police custody remand another accused namely Ibeh was also arrested from Greater Noida. Mobile phone used in the crime, three ATM cards and cash amounting to Rs 10500 was recovered from his possession. Both accused came to India on medical visa, the police said, adding that further investigation into the case are on. (ANI)