Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Honey trap: Nigerian arrested for duping Pune woman


PUNE: The Pune Police cyber crime cell made a series of arrests in the past week. Of the five cases, accused in four cases were arrested the cyber cell from the national capital region (NCR). The cases involved fraud through job offers, loan and matrimonial sites, according to Sudhir Hiremath, deputy commissioner of police, cyber crime and economic offences wing (EOW).

According to officials, a 65-year-old man from Thergaon was duped by a Nigerian national of Rs.18,50,000 under the pretext of marriage, according to the police. John Oriekoaose, a 35-year-old man from Nigeria was arrested from Old Mahavirnagar in Delhi by the cyber cell. Oriekoaose was living in the country on an expired visa when he created a fake profile on and approached the 65-year-old under the alias of Francis Mercy, according to the police.

 “Oriekoaose has been in the country since 2014. His visa was extended four times. He came on a tourist visa in India and got the idea committing the crime from his friends working in the same field,” Hiremath said. The police are investigating the educational qualification of the Nigerian national who was arrested on December 15.

Under the name of Mercy, Oriekoaose fooled the complainant into believing that Mercy had come to inherit a fortune after her father's demise and that she wanted to send the inheritance to the complainant through courier. The complainant ended up paying Rs.18,50,000 in the process of claiming the courier, according to the police. Oriekoaose siphoned the money under various aliases including bank manager, reserve bank representative and customs officer. The police recovered a laptop, 34 sim cards, 27 debit cards, 3 PAN cards, four dongles and seven mobile phones, according to the police. Oriekoaose learned about the tricks of the trade from his friends, according to the police. The police suspect that the Nigerian national may have duped people to the tune of Rs.1 crore. Wakad police are further investigating the case.  

Oriekoaose was named in the case filed under Sections 420 and 66(c)(d) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The technical analysis in the case was carried out by assistant police inspector (API) Sagar Panmand.

-Nitin Satsingh Ratan, 48, was arrested on December 6 by the cyber cell from Palam Vihar in Gurugram, Haryana for duping a resident of Pune of Rs.8,50,000 through multiple transfers to various bank accounts under the fake promise of a job at a foreign-based hotel.

-Roshan Narayan, 20, a resident of Sonia Vihar in New Delhi was arrested on December 9 and Yashpal Balwinder Singh, 23, a resident of Karna in Haryana was arrested on December 11 for duping a city youth of Rs.1,85,000 under the pretext of granting loan and life insurance.

-Ashishkumar Singh, 26, was arrested from Sardana in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh on December 13 for duping a resident of Pune of Rs.11,400 under the pretext of offering a job through a job portal.


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