Online fraud: Cops scan e-mails Nigerians sent to lure victims

After busting a major online fraud allegedly operating from Aarey Colony in Goregaon with the arrests of six Nigerians on New Year’s eve,the Mumbai Police Crime Branch is now sifting through e-mails sent by the accused in a bid to identify their victims across the country.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:January 4, 2012 12:39 am

After busting a major online fraud allegedly operating from Aarey Colony in Goregaon (East) with the arrests of six Nigerians on New Year’s eve,the Mumbai Police Crime Branch is now sifting through e-mails sent by the accused in a bid to identify their victims across the country.

“There are a massive amount of e-mails sent by the accused to lure unsuspecting people. We are currently going through these e-mails to try and identify the victims,before we can approach them and get them to file complaints,” said a Crime Branch officer,who did not wish to be named.

The police believe that thousands of people from across the country may have been duped by the accused. Although the police do not yet have a clear idea of how much money they defrauded,it is believed to be a huge amount.

The police are also trying to locate ‘various bank accounts in the city’ in which the accused had asked their victims to deposit money.

“We are also identifying bank accounts that were mentioned in these e-mails asking the victims to deposit money. The accused had taken several precautions. They always withdrew money from these accounts through ATMs. Not just this,they withdrew money through ATMs of other banks in an effort to throw off the police,” said the officer.

The Crime Branch is also gearing up to take action against the local contacts who had helped the Nigerians arrested in setting up their base.

“These accused had come on business visas claiming they were cloth merchants. However,in time,they also acquired motor driving licences and PAN cards in their names. The agents who helped them get identity proof without proper verification will also be arrested,as this is a serious security lapse,” said another Crime Branch officer.

Acting on a tip-off,Unit 7 of the Crime Branch raided flats 408,615 and 702 in Garden View Building at Mayur Nagar in Aarey Colony on December 31 and arrested the six persons. The police seized 14 laptop computers,15 data cards,seven pen drives,23 mobile phones,around Rs 40,000 in cash,as printers,chargers and Nigerian passports during the raid.

The arrested accused have been identified as Mira Road resident Yoha Jihan (33),Colaba resident Tony Eveka (34),New Delhi resident Aeike Inahuro (25) and Arey Colony residents Amadin Jeffery (31), Jarvis Lavani (34) and Theofelis Ibemudia (32). They have been remanded in police custody till January 12.

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