HYDERABAD: Cyber Crime sleuths of the CID have cracked a ‘Nigerian fraud’ case and arrested a travel agent from Delhi who duped a priest to the
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tune of Rs 43.26 lakh.
The complainant, G Anthony Sneharaj, is a priest of Salesians of Don Bosco church at Pezonipet, Vijayawada. On April 27, 2008, he received an email from one Ben Jean James (email ID: firstname.lastname@example.org), who claimed herself to be a Catholic widow suffering from cancer. In the mail, Ben Jean James said that her husband left $ 2.8 million which she intends to donate for the service of orphans and the less privileged.
Sneharaj, immediately replied to the mail with his details and his interest to run an orphanage. In reply, he was informed to have been chosen as a beneficiary to execute charity works and that he could claim the amount deposited from the director, International Operations, Liongate Securities and Diplomat SARL, 01 BP 1238 ABIDJAN 01, Republic of Cote Divorie with phone number 22505423831, website: www.liongatesecurities.tk and email: email@example.com
Eventually, Sneharaj was asked to pay 4,525 Euros for releasing the consignment. Once he deposited the amount in a bank account mentioned by the accused, they asked for some more amount. The process continued and finally, Sneharaj ended up depositing Rs 43,26,700 in bank accounts of ICICI, Axis, HDFC, City, Standard Chartered and State Bank of India in Delhi, Mumbai and Pune. The priest collected the amounts from Dwacra groups whose members he knew well through his activities.
After a few months, Sneharaj realised that he was cheated and approached the local police. Subsequently, the case was transferred to the Cyber Crime cell of the CID.
During the investigation, police found that the money was deposited in the accounts belonging to Mukesh Munjal and others. A team from Cyber Crime cell led by inspector E Ashok Kumar Goud went to Delhi and nabbed the prime accused Mukesh, who claimed to be a district Congress committee member from Delhi.
According to Cyber Crime SP P Sumathi, Mukesh Munjal confessed that he had received about Rs 31 lakh through his two ICICI accounts and after collecting a certain percentage gave the amount to his Nigerian bosses, Morris Mohale alias David, Phillips, Kone Armed and Bean Jean James, among others. The other accused are yet to be arrested. To find out the authenticity of any emails that promise prize money or donation, police have advised the public to send the mail to Cyber Crime cell email: