Thursday, February 17, 2011

Two including Nigerian held for job fraud - - 16 Feb 2010

GURGAON: A Nigerian national and a girl from the North-east were arrested by the cyber crime branch of Gurgaon police on Tuesday morning in the Maruti Suzuki job racket. Teddy Malone Ogboru and Pooja Rai were produced before the district court, which sent Teddy to a one-day police remand and Pooja to a 15-day judicial custody.

The 32-year-old Nigerian national, Teddy, is allegedly involved in the gang running the job racket. The police claimed that a few North-eastern girls are also members of the gang. The police said that at least 40 people have fallen prey to this fraud.

The Nigerians lured the girls with promises of good money and used them to get their bank account details. They used their ATM cards to withdraw the cash from different locations in the NCR, said Gaurav Fogat, inspector, cyber crime branch.

The Nigerian nationals, who hold student visas, had sent fraudulent offer-letters randomly to people on behalf of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. The victims were asked to deposit amounts varying between Rs 6,000 and Rs 60,000 in two accounts with two banks in Delhi. The scamsters explained the deposits as travel and related expenses for interview. They had also claimed in their email that the money would be refunded after the interview.

The police had earlier identified Muka Ndikwa Taku Synthia, a Nigerian woman, whose passport was used to open a bank account. Pooja had borrowed Mukas ATM card for a week, soon after which she shifted to some other location. The ATM card was then sold to Teddy for Rs 10, 000, who in turn sold it to another Nigerian national for Rs 15, 000. Pooja accessed the bank account details of several other people in a similar fashion. These accounts were used by the gang members for receiving money from the job seekers, said Poonam Hooda, sub-inspector of cyber crime branch.

Police commissioner S S Deswal said, The Nigerian gang is suspected to be active all over the country, as money was found to have been withdrawn from various ATMs in Delhi, Mumbai and other cities.

The police have prepared a list of around 60 fake bank accounts that were used in the job racket. The police had earlier written to the Nigerian embassy after a case was registered on December 31 on the complaint of Sanjay Mathur, vigilance inspector at MSIL.

A case has been registered against Teddy and Pooja under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act.

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