Delhi: 3 Nigerians among four arrested for cheating people

Last Updated: Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 21:39

New Delhi: Four persons, including three
Nigerians, were arrested here for allegedly cheating several
people of their hard-earned money by informing them via SMSes
and e-mails that they had won lottery worth five crore pound,
police said on Saturday.

The arrested have been identified as John (34), Davies
Inemhonlan (31), Sunday Mokobi (38), all Nigerians, and Sameer
Ahmed, a resident of Delhi`s Seelampur.
They were apprehended following investigations into a
complaint by one Arvind Kumar that he had been cheated of Rs
4.70 lakh by someone who had informed him via SMS and e-mail
that he had won an online lottery of five crore pound.

"The victims belong to various parts of the country
and are mostly well-to-do and educated people. The scam has a
distinct Metro signature. The worst affected area were Delhi,
Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, parts of Uttar Pradesh
and Kerala.

"The lure of huge amounts of lottery money led them to
deposit their hard earned cash into the Bank Account Numbers
provided to them by the scamsters," Ashok Chand, Deputy
Commissioner of Police (Crime), said.

The gang specialised in sending text messages and
fake spoofed e-mail of lottery wins.

"The location of the sender is difficult to find in
such spoofed e-mails. Once hooked, the victim is asked to send
sensitive information to a free e-mail account generated by
the gang. At the same time a cleverly drafted e-mail advised
the victims to keep the matter secret till the amount was
received by them.
"The gang then notifies the victim through e-mail that
releasing of the funds would require some small fee on the
pretext of citing cost of transfer fee, insurance,
registration, RBI endorsement fees, Income Tax procedures,
Customs Duty etc," Chand said.

The victims were contacted both on the mobile phone
through SMS and the internet using Spam mails. In order to win
the confidence of the victim they informed him that they have
opened an account with Reserve Bank of India in which they
have transferred the money won by the victim and in case he
intended to verify this fact they provided him an URL
(Uniform Record Locator) along with the account number and Pin

John, who is a diploma holder in Estate Management,
came to India in 2005. He was unable to find a suitable job
here and ran a garment business and exported clothes to
Nigeria. "He saw his friends use computers and earn good money
in India. He started his own racket. He has been staying
illegally in India," Chand said.

Inemhonlan, a graphic designer, and Mokobi, who hold a
degree in mass communication, joined John and others in
running the fake lottery scam as they wanted to earn quick

Ahmad met John in 2010 through a common friend. He
allegedly got opened bank accounts and facilitated the
Nigerian gang in using the accounts to get money from their
victims. He got 10 per cent of the money transferred into the


First Published: Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 21:39

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