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Nigerian held for cheating Mangadu resident of Rs 13L in online scam

The suburban police on Friday arrested a Nigerian national on charges of cheating a resident of Mangadu of Rs 13 lakh after informing
him though an SMS that he had won a prize of five lakh pounds.

In his complaint lodged at the suburban commissionerate on Friday, Sathaiya of Kamatchi Amman Nagar said he got an SMS from World Nokia Draws on August 17 about the windfall.

He replied to the given email id and a man calling himself Dr Hari Kart of World Nokia said he would get the reward through David Wilson. Sathaiya was then asked to deposit Rs 50,000 in an account at a State Bank of India branch in New Delhi.

He was then asked to send the money for customs clearance in nine instalments. In all, he coughed up Rs 13 lakh.

On September 14, a man calling himself David Wilson came to his house, gave him a box with a large bundle of black papers and said Rs 32 lakh was required for a chemical solution from New Delhi to convert the papers into American dollars.

Realising he had been cheated, Sathaiya approached the police. After a probe, a Central Crime Branch team led by assistant commissioner S Jayakumar arrested Olabhaji (30) of Nigeria at Rajakilpakkkam. A laptop, three cell phones, several American dollars, black paper notes and a 2.5-sovereign gold ring were seized from the man who admitted to the crime.

He also had fake identity cards of the British High Commission and a letter saying he should be allowed to move around freely as he was a career diplomat.

Later, at a press conference, suburban police commissioner S R Jangid said: "Most of these scams are from abroad and it is difficult to track the accused, but I urge our people not to fall prey to such people. There are no free lunches in life.''

Source: TOI


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