A Nigerian man identified only as John has landed himself in trouble for allegedly defrauding an Indian woman of nineteen million naira.
It was reported that the suspect faked his identity to defraud an Indian woman of Rs 37 lakh, after promising to get married to her.
Naija News understands that John had befriended the 28-year-old school teacher after meeting her on a matrimonial site, Jamnagar police confirmed in a statement dated Friday, January 8. John was said to have proposed to the Indian woman after seeing her advertisement on the matrimonial website.
Jamnagar revealed that the victim paid Rs 37 lakh (N19m) in a number of instalments over the past six months. The reported amount was deposited in separate bank accounts.
“John called up the teacher identifying himself as Rahul from the US and made a marriage proposal saying that he had seen her details on the matrimonial website. The duo started chatting regularly and one day, he offered to send her an expensive gift,” Jamnagar cybercrime cell reported.
The unsuspecting teacher reportedly started receiving calls from a woman who asked her to deposit some amount in a particular bank for getting the gift parcel released from New Delhi.
The event continued as the teacher kept depositing money in various bank accounts as demanded by the suspected couple.
“However, she realized something was fishy and contacted us. Based on the numbers she shared, we traced the couple’s location to a hotel in Delhi and arrested them on Thursday,” KJ Bhoi, police inspector, Jamnagar cyber crime cell noted.
The cops have, however, arrested John and his wife Savita Bhalekar, who is also an Indian, Naija News understands.
Bhalekar was said to have claimed to be Suma Kumari while communicating with the teacher to transfer the funds.
13 mobile phones, one tablet, number of sim cards, three pen drives, six memory cards, 14 ATM cards and five government identification cards were recovered from the couple.
“We suspect that the couple has cheated many people using similar modus operandi. More details will emerge after scanning through the data in their gadgets.” the police officer.
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