HYDERABAD: Officials of the state Crime Investigation Department (CID) on Monday arrested 12 persons, mostly Nigerian nationals, for duping a woman to the tune of Rs 3.2 lakh by sending a fake mail claiming she had won a prize from Microsoft.
The Cyber wing of CID said that the arrested include Paulinus Oti alias Victor Scott, Nwaneti Chigozie, Obumnaenne Emmanuel Ezenwaka, Solomon E Achulo, Ojimba Henry, Paulinus Emeka Adibe, Ezennayi Emmanuel, Ekechukwou Onyebuchi Patrick and Umeokoli Nnaemeka from Nigeria and Malsawmthangi, Chatwanremlali and Laldingliani from Aizwal in North east.
Additional superintendent of police (Cyber cell) U Ram Mohan said that on February 9, the victim received a mail informing her that she had won the Anniversary Award of Microsoft, London and asked her to collect $1,000,000.
But they told her that she should have to share some of her details besides depositing an amount of Rs 3.2 lakhs to claim the cash prize.
“The complainant believed the e-mail to be genuine and replied to the mail. She even deposited the amount demanded, citing processing charges and customs tax to claim the prize amount, into various bank accounts belonging to North Eastern States,” Ram Mohan said.
On March 13, one Iswick showed up at her home, claiming to be a representative from the UN Courier Service.
He took out two US currency notes which were stained with black colour. Iswick used a chemical and cleaned the notes for her.
Meanwhile, he took out 100 more similar stained currency notes and told the victim that she needed to buy the chemical to clean the notes and demanded a payment of Rs 2 lakh for it.
“Iswick subsequently left for Delhi. But the victim developed suspicion and registered a complaint at the Cyber Crime Police Station, CID,” police said.
The accused was traced to New Delhi and a raid was conducted in which 12 persons were nabbed.