Kerala police on Wednesday arrested four Nigerians and a man from Bihar from Khirki extension in Delhi in connection with a fake online fund transfer racket. The arrested men were produced before a magistrate court which sent them to police custody.
Investigating officer R K Jayaraj said the police acted upon a complaint received at the cyber cell. The gang has been operating for some time and many people had lost huge money. But victims are reluctant to come forward to file complaints, he said.
He said Kerala police, with the help of their counterparts in Delhi, raided Khirki extension. “They resisted the police attempt to enter their houses fortified with huge iron gates, but our personnel managed to overpower the Nigerians,’’ said the officer.
On the modus operandi of the racket, Jayaraj said the gang would first track their victims with mobile messages saying that they have won huge sum and would require their bank account and other details for transfer of the fund. In the next stage, they would seek a tranche of sum as a prerequisite for handing over the prize money. They have forged several banking documents to convince their prey, said the officer.