Two Nigerian men, Chukwuma Collins, 35, and Nicodemus Obinn, 27, have been arrested in India for fraud.
The duo reportedly befriend their victims on social networking sites before carrying out fraudulent activities on them.
Following their arrest by a joint team of Delhi and Goa Police at the weekend, Times of India reports that Collins and Obinn confessed to the crime and disclosed that they had cheated several others in a similar way.
During interrogation, the duo claimed they had arrived in India five years ago for business and then started cheating people using different techniques.
According to the police, the suspects make up stories about the poor conditions of their family members living in western countries and ask the victims to help them with money. After receiving the money they sever all contact with the victims.
They are said to have been involved in several cases of fraud and a First Information Report, FIR was reportedly registered against them in Goa cyber crime cell.
A joint commissioner, crime, Ravindra Yadav, said one of their victims, Bridget Fernandes Rai, made a complaint to Goa Police, claiming to have been cheated of around Rs 8 lakh by the duo.
“The victim said she had befriended Collins on Facebook and after a few days of chatting, he started calling her. Collins started referring to her as his sister and asked for Rs 8 lakh to transfer some money and jewellery through a courier to his relatives.
“He claimed that the courier was stuck in legal processes at the customs department in Goa and he needed to get it delivered quickly as his wife had expired.
“Rai agreed to transfer the money to his account. As soon as the money was transferred, Collins disappeared. After some time, Rai received a call from the custom department, which raised questions regarding the parcel she had sent, and realised that she was duped.
“A team from Goa Police approached them in Delhi with technical surveillance. A joint team was formed to track the accused. The duo was arrested from Mahavir Enclave in south Delhi,” Yadav stated, adding that three laptops, seven data cards, 36 SIM cards and 26 mobile phones, three USB pen drives, were recovered from the suspects.