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Nigerian, 25, arrested for ₦16.12m fraud in India


Indian authorities on  Friday arrested a 25-year-old Nigerian national, Wisdom Obinna, for allegedly duping a 62-year-old woman of Rs 31.64 lakh (about ₦16,126,175.76).

According to reports from the Asian country, Obinna was part of a gang that befriended women on social media and then duped them with lottery and gift frauds.

“Obinna was arrested from Delhi, where he was staying even after his business visa expired. Efforts are on to nab other members of the gang,” Indore Cyber Cell Superintendent of Police, Jitendra Singh, said.

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According to the police, during interrogation, Wisdom said entered the country on India Business Visa in 2014 and 2017. After the visa expired, he became active in cheating and used to operate from Delhi NCR. The gang members make friendship with Indian girls and women on Facebook after creating accounts with different foreign fake IDs.

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Once Wisdom has made friends with the women, he lured his victims by claiming he sent them some expensive gifts. Later, other members of the gang pose as custom officers and demand money in the name of Tax and Penalty to get the parcel, send a message through bank account WhatsApp and get the money transferred.

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They would also threaten the victim with legal action.

Police recovered eight passbooks of various banks, three ATM cards, two laptops, three pen drives, 9 mobile phones, eight SIM cards, two dongles, passports and Rs 11000 in cash from Wisdom.