Chennai: The Tamil Nadu police has sought the
assistance of Interpol in the investigation of 12 online
cheating cases with the arrest of Nigerian nationals in
numerous cases in the state.
"In most of the cases, Nigerians are the masterminds and
the cybercrime wing of CB-CID has arrested four Nigerians,"
the CB-CID said in a release here.
The online crimes concerned lottery and job frauds and the
agency has registered 13 cases this year and 25 since 2007.
As part of their modus operandi, the Nigerians used to
recruit Indian account holders, called money mules, to provide
their bank account details, ATM and other bank details for a
In this type of online cheating, the culprits randomly
choose mobile numbers and send group SMS and e-mails luring
victims saying they had won an high prize in cash or lottery
draw in the names of established brands. It further asked them
to respond by paying a small sum as processing fee for
"realising the money," the police statement said.
"At times, the victims of these frauds are persuaded to
part with important personal details like bank account number
and credit card number which could cause further damage," it
A similar modus operandi was being followed for job frauds
when people were asked to pay money for various
purposes only to be duped, the release added.
The CB-CID arrested four Nigerians from Mumbai and 14
Indian account holders/ money mules from Chennai, Mumbai and
Bangalore among others who were involved in various cases of
Police has warned people against responding to such
SMS/e-mails and desist from disclosing personal banking
In a recent case, a Tircuhirappalli-based businessman lost
lakhs of rupees after such culprits managed to siphon off
money through fraudulent means.