Hyderabad: Two Nigerian nationals were arrested by Hyderabad police on Tuesday in a case of online fraud, for duping a man of Rs 7,50,000.
The accused confessed to their crime and said they sent bulk SMSs to people in India stating that the recipients had won a lottery and asked them to send their details for claiming the amount; the practice also known as the 'Nigerian Fraud'.
Taking the SMS to be genuine, Chinna Bayaanagari Sankar Reddy, a resident of Andhra Pradesh's Chittoor District fell prey to the fraud and deposited the said amount in various bank accounts as per instructed. He was duped off the money on false pretexts of processing fee, income tax, custom duty etc., which he was told was required in order to receive the prize money.
The Cyber Crime cell, the Crime Investigation Department (CID) and local police was informed of the fraud. The case was analyzed technically and based on collected information Inspector of Police Sri Venkata Ramana along with his team arrested two Nigerians - Emmanuel Fearless Ogaba and Johnson - and remanded them to judicial custody. Two Laptops, two mobile phones and SIM cards used to commission the crime were also seized from their possession.