UP: Nigerian man befriends people on social media, dupes them on pretext sending costly gifts

Nigerian national arrested for duping people [Representative image]&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspiStock Images

Key Highlights

  • The accused cheated people by promising to send the costly gifts from overseas

  • The victims were asked to pay money under various pretexts such as charges for customs clearance for gifts.

Kanpur: A 32-year-old Nigerian national has been arrested by the Kanpur police for allegedly defrauding several people after befriending them on social media platforms. With his arrest, the police claimed that they have busted a gang involved in cheating people with gift bait.

The accused foreigner, identified as Okuwarima Moses, was nabbed from Noida, a police officer from Nawabganj police station in Kanpur stated. According to the police, Moses used to befriend people on social media platforms and promised to send them costly gifts from overseas.

Later, another member of his gang would call up the victims and ask for money. The caller would pretend to be a customs officer and ask unsuspecting victims to pay up under various pretexts such as charges for customs clearance for expensive gifts from abroad. The accused, after receiving the money, would go incommunicado, according to a report by The Indian Express.

This comes days after three members of a gang were arrested by the Delhi Police’s Cyber Cell for allegedly cheating internet users by sending bogus pop-up notices. Police said they asked unsuspecting internet users to pay a fine by claiming that they had viewed illegal pornographic content.

The arrestees were identified as Ram Kumar Selvam, Gabrial James and B Dhinushanth. The three functioned at the behest of their Cambodia-based mastermind, identified as B Chanderkant. The Cyber Cell started a probe after some social media users reported that they were issued police notices for watching porn and were asked to pay a fine of Rs 3,000.

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