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Hyderabad: 2 Nigerian men, Ugandan woman held for fraud

Sources said the nurse received a text message that she had won a lottery.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad |
September 4, 2015 3:58:11 am

In two separate cases of cheating and lottery fraud, the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Police arrested two Nigerian men, one Ugandan woman and their accomplices from New Delhi and West Bengal on Thursday.

In the first case, officials from Cyber Crimes, Andhra Pradesh CID, arrested the two Nigerian men and the Ugandan woman from New Delhi, for duping a nurse working at a hospital in Maharashtra.

Sources said the nurse received a text message that she had won a lottery. “When she replied to the SMS, the Ugandan woman contacted her and advised her to deposit the money in the name of processing fee and currency conversion charges. The woman then posed as an RBI officer and in collision with the two Nigerian men, they took Rs 4,53,950 from the nurse C Anjamma, who later realised that she had been duped,’’ an officer said.

Anjamma lodged a complaint with Andhra Pradesh CID on August 28 and an investigation was started, Kanthi Rana Tata, SP, Cyber Crimes, CID said.

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After analysing call records, police conducted a raid in Dwarka and arrested the two Nigerian nationals — Osazee Mike Odion, alias Philips, alias Albert Thomson, and Ossai George Oduagu — and the Ugandan woman — Rose Nakisiti, alias Riya Gupta. “Osazee is the main accused who used to send the SMSs and e-mails to the victims. Ossai assisted him by creating fake documents. The Ugandan lady used to call the victims pretending to be an RBI official and induced them into depositing money in accounts given by the two Nigerian men,’’ an official said.
All three accused have been brought to Hyderabad for further investigation.

In a separate case, the officials of Cyber Crime of Crime Central Station, Hyderabad, arrested Sankar Bera, a native of Midnapore, West Bengal, for aiding Nigerian fraudsters who hack into the accounts of NRIs and fraudulently transfer money through NEFT in to Bera’s account.

In January, an NRI, L Jagan Mohan Rao, lodged a complaint alleging that some people hacked his bank account and transferred Rs 8 lakh to an HDFC account in New Delhi and another Rs 2 lakh into an account in ICICI bank, Purulia. A case was registered and the Cyber Cell started the probe.

During investigation, the police obtained the details of the beneficiary ICICI account in West Bengal belonging to Sankar Bera in which the Rs 2 lakh was credited. Bera, 22, a native of West Midnapore, was arrested on Thursday.

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