The Cyber Crime Cell of the Delhi Police arrested a 34-year-old Nigerian national staying in Kondhwa Khurd,Pune,for allegedly duping a Delhi-based woman of Rs 15 lakh in the form advance payments for a lottery.
Aigbe Ishesikelu,from Agbor Boji in Nigeria,was pursuing a B Sc in Information Technology at a private institute in Pune. Around two weeks ago,he was suspended for lack of attendance. Ishesikelu was living in Pune for the past two and half years. He was arrested on Monday.
Assistant Inspector,Cyber Crime Cell (Delhi),Arvind Sharma told Newsline,The complainant said she received an email informing her that she had won a cash prize of Rs 5 crore in a lottery. Subsequent emails asked her for details and demanded advance fees for the lottery. She also received phone calls asking for operating charges.
On verification,police found the phone number was registered under a fake identity and that there was a scam being perpetrated.
Rs 15 lakh was not asked for in one go but demands were made in parts. 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. For the transactions,the woman was given different bank account numbers to deposit the money, Sharma said.
He said more people are involved in the racket and police have names of Ishesikelus accomplices.
Ishesikelu has been brought to Delhi for further investigation.