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Three Nigerians, woman running fake lottery arrested

The accused have been identified as Suleiman Lawal (62) alias Benjamin, Ugochukwu Usifo alias Brown Bruno (32), Ichaba Lucky Igele (41) and Bandana Chettri alias Niki alias Anjali Gupta (43).

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The gang members used a software to speak in a woman’s voice
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Three Nigerian nationals, along with a woman, have been arrested by the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch for duping people in the name of fake lottery text messages to the tune of  over one crore rupees. The police recovered fake dollar packets from their possession.

“The accused have been identified as Suleiman Lawal (62) alias Benjamin, Ugochukwu Usifo alias Brown Bruno (32), Ichaba Lucky Igele (41) and Bandana Chettri alias Niki alias Anjali Gupta (43).  The gang would cheat people by sending them fake lottery messages and e-mails. Names of companies like Coca-Cola, Samsung, Toyota, Ford, Chevrolet, International Monetary Fund and the UN were used as well to lure people,” said G Ramgopal Naik, DCP, Crime.

Through these organisations, police said, the gang would tell people that they had won a lottery worth a million dollars.  

The police received a complaint from a farmer, Sardar Kamaljeet Singh of Punjab, who told them that he was cheated of a sum of one a half crore rupees by Nigerians. He added that an Indian woman was calling him, demanding an additional Rs 45 lakhs, claiming that they needed to bribe police officials with this money in order to get his winnings cleared. 

Benjamin told the police that his visa expired in February 2014 but he continued staying in India illegally. In order to earn quick bucks he contacted his Nigerian counterparts in Delhi. Since Brown Bruno was an IT expert he took the data of clients and sent bulk messages and emails to lure them on the pretext of lottery amount from Coca-Cola, Samsung, International Monetary Fund, and the UN. 

The gang members also spoke to the alleged targets in the voice of a woman using a software. They then sent messages to many people and later sent them fake documents related to the lottery from the Directorate of Income Tax, Monetary Fund, RBI, UN on the pretext that they had won a million US dollars.

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