A Nigerian, alongside others have been arrested by police in India, for allegedly defrauding several people on social media platforms.
A 32-year-old Nigerian identified as Okuwarima Moses was arrested in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India, on Monday, August 2
Sub-inspector Santosh Pandey from Nawabganj police station said two mobile phones, a laptop and passport were recovered from him.
With the arrest of the Nigerian national, the police claimed to have busted a gang which allegedly cheated people of their money on the pretext of customs duty on expensive gifts from overseas.
The police confirmed that the accused operated by making friends with people on social media, and promising to send them expensive gifts.
Later, another gang member, posing as a customs officer, would call up the unsuspecting victims, asking them to pay customs duty on the gifts being sent to them.
Then the accused would collect the money and block the numbers of the victims and go untraceable, police said.
“We suspected that the gang was of three members. However, it had about ten persons.” Kanpur DCP Salmantaz Jaftertaj Patil, added.