Thursday, July 1, 2010

Man loses Rs 10.7 lakh in online 'Nigerian fraud' - - 25 Jun 2010

HYDERABAD: Cyber Crime investigators busted a ‘Nigerian fraud’ gang which duped a city-based retired bank employee to the tune of Rs 10.7 lakh in the name of providing a job to his son.

On March 6, Alok Raj Saxena, a retired bank employee from the city, lodged a complaint with the Cyber Crime cell of the CID, stating that on the pretext of providing a job to his son in Emirates Airlines, con men duped him to the tune of Rs 10.7 lakh.

According to CID (Cyber Crimes) superintendent of police B Sumati, the trap began with the complainant receiving an e-mail from one ‘Mr Smith’ about a lucrative job offer with Emirates Airlines in the UK.

Thinking that the job would be a suitable one for his son, Alok Raj Saxena replied to the mail expressing interest.

Subsequently, ‘Mr Smith’ remained in touch with Saxena on phone and through e-mails, explaining various procedures for securing the job.

During the process, Saxena was made to deposit Rs 10.7 lakh in five instalments for securing clearance certificates, visa, passport and other formalities.

Saxena deposited the money in three different ICICI Bank accounts in Mumbai. The accounts were in the name of various ‘trusts’ and enterprises.

Finally, even after depositing Rs 10.7 lakh, as there was no progress in employment procedure, Saxena grew suspicious and approached the CID.

Police followed the transactions of the suspect’s bank accounts and nabbed one Manzoor from Mumbai earlier this month. Based on information given by him, the CID team arrested Abdul Wahid, a key member of the Nigerian fraud gang, in Koti on Wednesday.

Police seized an ICICI Bank ATM card, Rs 40,000 cash and a dual SIM cellphone from his possession.

He was produced before court and remanded in judicial custody.

According to Sumati, three more members of the gang, including the kingpin are yet to be arrested

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