SRINAGAR: Cyber Police Kashmir Zone have arrested two Nigerian fraudsters from New Delhi who were involved in duping a man from Baramulla to the tune of ₹36.35 lakhs in an online scam.
“Police received a written application from a resident of Baramulla alleging therein that while surfing Facebook, he came in contact with some unknown fake Facebook user T Jessica, who impersonated as a purchase manager of a renowned pharmaceutical company Abbott,” a senior police officer said.
“The lady enticed the complainant through Facebook messages that she has been promoted as a secretary in the company and eventually asked the complainant to start a business of (Kandu Nut/Palm Seeds/Sea Nuts),” the official said.
The complainant, he said, was convinced/motivated by fake offers, orders, high returns and emails etc to purchase the product. In order to purchase the product, the Facebook user forwarded the contact details of one seller namely Jyoti T Kandu to the complainant.
“A business conversation started between the complainant and the fraudster Jyoti for selling/buying of the Kandu nuts,” the police said. “The complainant was assured by the fraudster that the nuts are very high in the pharmaceutical market owing to their medicinal benefits.”
The complainant, without knowing the plot behind the fraud, invested a hefty amount of ₹36.35 lakhs by transferring the amount to different bank accounts of fraudsters for purchasing 50 packets of Kandu Nuts, the police stated.
On receiving the consignment of 50 packets of Kandu nuts, the complainant received a call from the Mumbai Custom office wherein the complainant was directed to deposit more money in order to be able to sell the Kandu nuts to pharmaceutical companies.
“This created doubt in the mind of the complainant. The complainant then tried to contact the provided contact details in order to verify the facts, however, he did not get any response and felt cheated/duped by the Facebook user,” the police said.
The complainant then approached Cyber Police Station Kashmir Zone Srinagar and lodged a complaint.
“During the course of the investigation, it was found that the fraud had been done by the fraudsters under a highly technically built setup. Accordingly, the digital footprints of the accused persons involved in the commission of offence were tracked by analysis of bank accounts that have been used for siphoning money of the complainant,” the police said. “Besides, CCTV footage and analysis of suspect phone numbers by employing high-end technical investigative skills were also carried out,” the police added.
Subsequently, two Nigerians were found involved in the offences and were tracked at Vashist Park Sagerpur New Delhi, police station Sagerpur.
“A special team of Cyber Police Station Srinagar proceeded to New Delhi and with the assistance of Delhi Police, the team was successful in nabbing these two Nigerians national culprits namely Isioma Steven and Collins,” the police said.
The police team also raided the rented accommodation and during searches, incriminating material including 14 cell phones of different make and models, one laptop, 14 SIM cards, one Wi-Fi router, one Wi-Fi dongle, six debit/credit cards and 45 packs of Kondu nuts/palm nuts were recovered from their possession.