Delhi Police Crime Branch in a Joint operation with Goa Police arrested two Nigerians guilty of fraud on 30th September, at their residence at Mahavir Enclave, Delhi. They were two Nigerian nationals, Chukwuma Collins, a resident of Ladipo Lagos and Nikudemus Obinna, a resident of Badagiri, Trade fair. Both of them have been involved in several cases of fraud and a FIR was registered against them in Goa Cyber Crime Cell.
According to the sources, the suspects identified as Chukwuma Collins, 35, and Nicodemus Obinn, 27, used to befriend people on Facebook and then ask for money to send “necessary items” to their family members in the UK. The two used to cook up stories about the poor conditions of their family members living in the Western countries and ask the victim to help them with money. After receiving the money they broke all contacts with the victim and would befriend them on Facebook.
According to the information, the wrongdoing came to light when Bridget Fernandes, a victim complained at Goa Cyber Crime Cell claiming that she was duped for Rs 8 lakhs on the pretext of sending jewelry.The culprit initially contacted the victim on facebook and started a conversation with her.
After tempting the victim, he made up a story of being a single father of a 5-year-old son. Fernandes told the police that Collins started referring to her as his sister and asked for Rs 8 lakh to transfer some money and jewelry 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.
Being a good supporter and trusting her instincts, Fernandes agreed to transfer the money. After some time Fernandes received a call from the customs department raising questions regarding the parcel she had sent and realized that she was duped.
She soon filed a complaint and Goa Cyber Division sought the help of Delhi Crime Branch who were now on to nabbing the frauds involved. The Delhi Police launched a probe. After tracing their mobile numbers, Police deduced that they stayed at Mahavir Enclave.
A joint team of Delhi Crime Branch and Goa Police arrested the duo on September 30. On sustained interrogation, both confessed their guilt of cheating the victim. Three laptops, seven data cards, three USB pen drives, 36 sim cards and 25 mobile handsets including those used in the crimes were recovered from them. Both accused were produced at Dwarka Court, Delhi, where Goa Police returning back to Goa took them on remand.