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Lottery fraud: Nigerian held for duping Delhi woman,cops suspect a racket

The Cyber Crime Cell of Delhi Police arrested a 34-year-old Nigerian national of Kondhwa Khurd area for allegedly duping a woman from Delhi of Rs 15 lakh.

Written by SushantKulkarni | Pune | Published: March 22, 2012 2:05 am

The Cyber Crime Cell of Delhi Police arrested a 34-year-old Nigerian national of Kondhwa Khurd area for allegedly duping a woman from Delhi of Rs 15 lakh. The woman was led to believe that she had won Rs 5 crore in a lottery and was asked to pay the said amount as processing fee and other charges,police said.

The Nigerian,who has been taken to Delhi for further investigations,had been suspended from a private institute for lack of attendance in Pune about two weeks back,police said and added that suspected a larger racket behind it. The Delhi police identified him as Aigbe Ishesikelu of Agbor Boji in Nigeria living in Pune for the past two-and-a-half years.

The woman who was duped is a Delhi resident and police said they do not want to disclose her name. The arrest was made by a joint team of Pune rural police and Delhi police cyber cell on Monday.

Assistant inspector Arvind Sharma of the cyber crime cell of Delhi police,who is the investigating officer in the case,told Newsline,“The woman said she received an email saying she had won a prize of Rs 5 crore in a lottery. Subsequent emails asked for more details. Thereafter,the emails started demanding advance fee for the lottery. She also received phone calls asking for operating charges.”

When police checked phone number details,it turned out to be registered in the name of a woman,purportedly from Mumbai,which turned out to be fake identity.

Explaining the modus operandi,Sharma said,“The entire 15 lakh was not asked for at one go but in installments. First,the suspect asked for a processing fee through email. In the phone calls to her,she was asked to pay in instalments of a few lakhs each if she wanted the entire prize money delivered to her directly without any deduction. She was given different account numbers to deposit the money.”

Sharma added,“This is definitely a racket with involvement of other suspects. We have names of some accomplices. We are collating information about all transactions. Aigbe told us during interrogation that he was doing BSc IT at Arihant Institute in Camp area.” Aigbe was taken to Delhi on transit remand for further investigation. Sharma said,“We thank Pune rural SP Shahaji Solunke and his team for their co-operation and support.”

Atish Chordia,the director of Arihant Institute,said,“Aigbe joined the course two months ago but did not attend a single class. A month ago,we sent a letter to his current address in Kumar Sansar Building in Kondhwa and warned him of suspension. We suspended him from the institute about two weeks back. As a policy,we are more cautious about foreigners not attending class for long.”

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