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Nigerian conmen ‘dupe’ Hyderabad businessman

In perhaps the first instnace of its kind,two Nigerian nationals involved in an online racket came to Hyderabad...

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad |
June 23, 2009 12:58:37 am

In perhaps the first instnace of its kind,two Nigerian nationals involved in an online racket came to Hyderabad and duped a businessman of Rs 98 lakh. Hyderabad’s Central Crime Station says this is the first instance when online fraudsters physically approached the victim instead of the usual modus operandi of luring him online.

The two Nigerians — Divine Miracle and Bekky Johnson — had met the realtor in the first week of May posing as businessmen interested in investing Rs 10 crore in real estate. Divine Miracle,whose real name is Ojugbeli Henry Onyeka,had a databank of 5 lakh email addresses and had sent an email posing as an investor. The realtor,whose name has been withheld by police,was one of the people who had responded to his email. Onyenka has confessed to duping people in the name of Yahoo lottery,MSN,Vodafone and Nokia earlier.

After the realtor’s reply to the mail,the two came down to Hyderabad and the realtor took them for a tour of his business interests. The two agreed to the investment after two meetings. The duo first extracted money from him on the pretext of the processing fee to transfer money from Nigeria and Sierra Leone and followed it up with demand for more money on one pretext or another. “By the time the realtor realised he was duped,he had already transferred Rs 98 lakh,” an official said.

The duo had opened several bank accounts in Mumbai with the help of another Nigerian national,to which they asked the realtor to transfer the money. Chux,the third Nigerian national,had in turn befriended a local girl and convinced her to open an account. Once the realtor had tipped off the police,a team from the Central Crime Station with the help of Mumbai Crime Branch nabbed the girl. “The girl spilled the beans and led us to Ojugbeli Henry Onyeka alias Henry who posed as the businessman,” Police said.

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First published on: 23-06-2009 at 12:58:37 am

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