According to police, four people, including a Nigerian national, were arrested on suspicion of defrauding a woman out of more than Rs 6 crore under the guise of giving her expensive gifts.
Kosorachi Patrick Amadi, 41, a Nigerian, and Meya Imchen, 32, as well as Hematoli Sumi and Baben Rai, both of whom are 29 years old, have been named as the accused.
On 1 September, a complaint was received from a woman who said that in 2016, she had become Facebook friends with a man named Eric Elliot. According to a senior police officer, Elliott told her that he planned to open a hotel in India and would share 50% profits with her.
Later, under the guise of delivering her a package containing expensive items, he defrauded her and demanded payment for customs clearance and a no-objection certificate. However, she never received a package, and between 2016 and 2022, the complainant’s money was taken, according to the officer, for a total of about Rs 6.5 crore.
Investigations found that the majority of the accused’s bank accounts were run from the south Delhi region. Sumi was discovered using the mobile number associated with the fraudulent bank accounts during a raid in the Safdurjung Enclave’s Arjun Nagar area. According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Amrutha Guguloth, Rai and Imchen were arrested at her request.
Later, according to the DCP, officers arrested Amadi, who managed the bank accounts and used various methods to smuggle the stolen money to Africa.
According to detectives, Amadi said that he and his Nigerian friends had previously created fake social media identities using the names of persons who had moved to the UK.
After that, they would get in touch with Indian ladies via social media. According to the authorities, after tempting them with the promise of shipping expensive goods, they requested money for customs clearance at the Indian airport.
(With inputs from PTI)