Three Nigerians, who were illegally staying in India and cheating internet users on the pretext of online lottery were arrested in east Delhi, police said today.
The arrested have been identified as Smart Adoghe, Godfrey Omoaghe and Iyobasa Isibor, Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) K C Dwivedi said. The arrests came following a complaint filed by one Ramesh Chand Jaiswal.
Three laptops, eight mobile Phones, fake documents and expired passports, articles purchased worth more than Rs9-10 lakh were recovered. Laptops were scanned and data relating to the phishing e-mails sent by this gang were recovered.
"The trio on arrival download Nigerian passports and paste their photographs to get rented accommodation on fake identity. They also got SIM cards and opened bank accounts using fake documents," Dwivedi said.
They allegedly used to gather information about internet users through various social networking sites and sites like naukri.com and monster.com.
The gang used to send phishing mails with monogram of MSN/Yahoo Lottery Incorporation and Microsoft windows lottery board regarding the prize money worth 7.5 lakh pounds.
"They used to take huge money from those who have fallen for getting the promised prize money," he said. "They used to collect at least Rs7-8 lakh from each of their victims. Once they get the money, the gang used to change their mobile numbers to trap another internet user," Dwivedi said.
The gang also allegedly purchased international UK numbers through internet using the site of flextel.ltd.uk and transfered the services of that international number on the numbers used by the gang, which were acquired through fake identity.
Further investigation to nab the group withdrawing money from ATMs, Indian contacts providing fake bank accounts, SIM Cards is on. The mode of transfer of the money to Nigeria is also being investigated.
During investigation it has come to notice that the gang has cheated Internet users all over India. Different banks have already been informed to seize the money in such accounts.
Adoghe came to India on 31 July, 2009 and his visa expired on November 22 last year while Isibor arrived here on 28 August, 2009 and his visa expired on January 7 this year.