A Nigerian man and his Indian wife have been in arrested for allegedly duping a 28-year-old school teacher of nearly Rs 37 lakh (N19,217,395) after befriending her on a matrimonial site, Jamnagar police said on Friday, January 8.
The accused identified simply as John faked his identity and offered to marry the teacher after seeing her advertisement on a matrimonial website.
The victim paid the amount in several instalments over the past six months. The money was deposited in separate bank accounts.
According to Jamnagar cybercrime cell, John called up the teacher identifying himself as Rahul from the US and made a marriage proposal saying that he had seen her details on the matrimonial website. The duo started chatting regularly and one day, he offered to send her an expensive gift.
Meanwhile, the teacher started getting calls from a woman who asked her to deposit some amount in a particular bank for getting the gift parcel released from New Delhi.
This continued for nearly six months and the teacher kept depositing money in various bank accounts as asked for by the couple.
“However, she realized something was fishy and contacted us. Based on the numbers she shared, we traced the couple’s location to a hotel in Delhi and arrested them on Thursday,” said KJ Bhoi, police inspector, Jamnagar cyber crime cell.
The cops arrested John and his wife Savita Bhalekar, who is an Indian. She was the accomplice who called the teacher severally identifying herself as Suma Kumari.
They seized 13 mobile phones, one tablet, number of sim cards, three pen drives, six memory cards, 14 ATM cards and five government identification cards.
“We suspect that the couple has cheated many people using similar modus operandi. More details will emerge after scanning through the data in their gadgets,” said Bhoi.