Vadodara: A Nigerian national was arrested by the cybercrime cell of the Vadodara Police for defrauding a person of Rs 22.67 lakh. According to the police, the accused identified as Elvis Owie (31) was apprehended in Mumbai after he was tracked down using his bank account number.
Police said Owie pretended to be a businessman and duped the victim Mayank Shah by offering to supply chemicals that can cure cancer.
It was on December 11, 2020, Shah, a Vadodara based businessman, received an email from Owie who said that he wants to buy a chemicals for cancer and neurological treatment from India. Shah received another email the next day, this time demanding that he procure a quote from Archana Enterprises and give it to the buyer.
Following the submission of the quotation, Shah received an email from Tikomed AB Company requesting that he place an order for the chemical. Shah then transferred Rs 89,000 to Archana Enterprises bank account for getting a sample of the chemical.
After receiving sample material, the complainant put a larger order and paid Archana Enterprises Rs 22.67 lakh in three instalments.
Shah received ten litres of chemicals but was not sure if this was of any use. Shah approached the cops after the WhatsApp number on which he was in contact with the accused was blocked and he received no answer to his email id.
“Using the accused’s bank account number and other technical sources, we were able to track him down. We’re questioning the suspects and trying to figure out whether there are any other people involved,” said DCP Jaydeepsinh Jadeja (crime).
Owie may have been involved in similar crimes in the past, according to authorities.