New Delhi: Two Nigerian nationals and a 26-year-old daughter of a former army man have been arrested for allegedly cheating gullible youths on the pretext of marriage, police said on Wednesday.
The accused have been identified as Madhulika, a resident of Uttarakhand, and Nigerian nationals Mark Eghe Ogunsede (34) and Imafidon Petro Osamuyiemen (33).
Using her defence background, Madhulika posed as a doctor of Indian origin serving in United Kingdom's defence department and befriended people through matrimonial website. The two Nigerians used to assume the roles of Custom Border Protection Officer (CBPO).
"Madhulika would tell her targets that her parents have passed away and she is ready to marry him and come to India. She would then claim to go to Afghanistan on an official mission and cook up a story of seizing huge quantities of gold biscuits.
"She would then tell her victim that if she carried the gold back to UK she would be caught and told him that she would send the precious metal to India so that they can sell it to live a comfortable life. Once the victim was convinced, he would be directed to deposit some money for tax payment and custom clearance," said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav.
Her two Nigerian accomplices, posing as CBPO would direct the victim to route the money into several bank accounts opened using fake identity cards.
The gang came under police scanner after a Haryana-based youth, who was involved in online trading of silver and other commodities, approached Crime Branch of Delhi Police to report that he was being duped of more than Rs 21 lakh.
The mobile numbers were analysed and sources were deployed following which the three accused persons running the racket were nabbed from Subroto Park area of Delhi today.
Madhulika, whose father is a retired JCO from Indian Army, was running the racket with the two Nigerians, who had come to India on business visa and were living in Gurgaon.