HYDERABAD: The Rachakonda cyber crime police arrested three African nationals from New Delhi for allegedly duping people on the pretext of marriage. They cheated Indian women by posing as rich European nationals. They promised of sending expensive gifts or incurring the cost of medical expenses.
According to police, the gang arrived in India on business and tourist visas and was staying in a rented flat in New Delhi.
“They heard about different frauds, including marriage frauds, on Facebook. They collected images of European men and women who had enrolled on matrimonial apps and created fake social media profiles using those images to cheat people,” an official said.
The gang then pretended to be foreigners and targeted women on matrimonial sites. After promising to marry, they cheated the victims by claiming that they have sent an expensive gift which is stuck at the customs department at airports. They then posing as custom officials and other government agents starts demanding money for clearance.
In some cases, these scammers send the message that they have arrived at the airport but they are carrying a huge amount of foreign currency for which they need clearance that can be done by paying in Indian currency. Their target falls into their trap and starts sending money to different accounts.
The arrested persons were identified as Serge Olivier (33), Owolabi Abiodun Omorilewa (31) and Osas Freedo (39), all from Nigeria and were residing in Delhi. Two suspects, Kanon Evrard and Canteh Marie, are absconding. Officials took ten mobile phones, fourteen SIM cards, and twenty-six ATM cards from them.
The gang had recently scammed a city woman out of Rs 26 lakh in a similar manner. Based on a report, the cybercrime police opened an investigation and tracked them down to New Delhi, where they were arrested and brought back to Hyderabad. They appeared in court and were remanded in judicial custody.