Indian Authorities Arrest Two Nigerians For Allegedly Posing As Europeans To Dupe Women

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No fewer than two Nigerian nationals have been reportedly arrested for fraud by the Rachakonda cybercrime team in Hyderabad, India

The duo were arrested for allegedly posing as European citizens to defraud people, mostly women, in the guise of sending expensive gift parcels.

The suspects were identified as Omenonye Sylvester and Alimeke Endurance Chukwuka.

India Herald reports that the suspects who entered India on student visas, were taken into custody by the cybercrime police at their rented home in Tilaknagar, Delhi.

They admitted during the test that they had come from Nigeria separately on a student visa to defraud people online, according to Rachakonda police commissioner D.S. Chauhan.

“The pair made up online personas, pretended to be European citizens, struck up a friendship, managed to become friends with the victim and complainant Divya through their fake Instagram ID ‘Alex Williams,’ and conned her out of Rs 3,63,000 by promising to send her gifts and packages. On August 15, Divya went to the cybercrime authorities and reported a crime,” the authorities said. 

According to the report, Rachakonda Cybercrime police departed for Delhi and detained the suspect based on the technical proof gathered from the complainant’s smartphone and the accused’s server, according to Chauhan. 

The accused were both wanted for their involvement in five related offences, one under the jurisdiction of the KPHB Police Station, three under the jurisdiction of the Cyberabad Cybercrime Police Station, and another case under the jurisdiction of the Chaderghat Police Station, according to technical analysis of the mobile phones seized from the suspects and the SIM cards with IMEI numbers.

Two Wi-Fi routers, six mobile phones, bogus IDs used to lure people into traps by creating social media profiles, and Rs. 1.78 lakh were all recovered by police. 

Rachakonda police issued a warning to online users, advising them to exercise caution and never accept friend requests from strangers who contact them via social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and emails. They were also advised not to believe strangers who claim to be sending gifts or packages as a sign of friendship. 

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