A 23-year-old Nigerian, Obuh Marvellous Uche, has been arrested by police in India for duping an Indian lady of $99,000.
Marvellous befriended the lady on social media (Facebook), and over time convinced her to deposit the huge amount of Rs 71 lakh ($99,00) into thirteen different bank accounts.
Her brother discovered the scam and reported the case to the Cyber Crime Unit of Bhopal Police, who investigated and arrested Marvellous in New Delhi.
According to reports, he posed as a wealthy man and then promised to send the lady a very expensive gift worth Rs one crore ($139,000).
“The accused befriended the MP (Madhya Pradesh) based woman online and duped her of Rs 71 lakh by promising Rs one crore gift to her,” Deputy Inspector General of Police (Bhopal), Irshad Wali told the media.
After telling her he has sent the parcel, he then posed as a delivery agent and told her she has to pay some fees to receive the parcel.
He also later called her to tell her the parcel had been confiscated.
“She was told to have violated the rules and that she has to pay a clearance charge or fine to receive it,” Wali added.
The ‘delivery agent’ threatened her that if she does not pay the fees, both she and the gift-giver would be sent to jail on charges of Prevention of Money Laundering Act and Anti Terrorism Act.
It was through this means that Uche got her to deposit the amount into 13 different accounts before her brother discovered the scam and put a stop to it.
Marvellous is being charged with crimes flouting sections 420 and 120 B of the IPC (India Penal Code).
He also faces deportation as his visa has expired and he’s been living illegally in the country since last year.