Thiruvananthapuram | Two Nigerians, who duped a city-based elderly woman to the tune of Rs 10.5 lakh through Facebook friendship, were today remanded to judicial custody.
Obero Saturday and Pascal Ekema of Nigeria who were arrested in Delhi by a cyber police team from Kerala were produced before a local court which remanded them to judicial custody for 14 days.
Police said the accused had befriended the 67-year-old woman through Facebook under the fake profile name John Kennedy from United Kingdom. After gaining her trust, the accused told her that he was coming to India with five lakh British Pounds for buying a house for her. Using special software, they managed to make their number appear on her mobile as one with UK’s ISD code.
Later, he informed her that he was detained at the Delhi Airport for want of emigration clearance. He demanded money for getting his clearance at the airport and Income Tax Department for carrying such a huge amount with him.
The woman who transferred Rs 10.5 lakh later grew suspicious and registered a complaint with the city cyber police.
Initially, the police tried to trace the accused through the bank accounts to which the woman had transferred the money. But it was found that the accounts were opened by using forged documents. The task of identifying the accused was difficult as they changed their residence frequently and used around 50 mobile connections and 100 email accounts for communication.
Finally, they managed to invite the suspects to a mall in Delhi under the pretext of handing over an additional Rs ten lakh. The cops then picked them up and recorded the arrest at a local police station. After getting a transit warrant, they were brought to the city last evening.
Police said they suspected that several people from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh might have been cheated by them as transaction worth crores of rupees was found in their bank accounts.
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