Hyderabad: A Nigerian national and an Indian woman have been arrested for allegedly cheating a city-based movie artist of Rs 75,000, police said today.
The Nigerian identified as Noberth Chukwuedo and Nem Muan Kim, a homemaker, both residents of New Delhi were arrested for allegedly cheating the complainant by befriending him on a social media platform, they said.
The Cyber Crime Police of Hyderabad Police Commissionerate received a complaint from a movie artist in January this year stating that he came in contact with a woman named Felicia Issac through the website, an official release said.
During chatting, the complainant requested her to come to India to which the woman agreed and told him that she would be coming to India on January 19 and sent him copies of her passport and flight ticket.
On January 20, she called him and stated that she had got down at Delhi airport and claimed that the Customs officials have charged her a penalty of Rs 25,500 for excess luggage.
On her request, the complainant transferred the amount online, police said.
After two hours, again he was informed that “She had to pay Customs Tax of Rs 50,000 for excess luggage and only on its payment she would be sent to Hyderabad.”
“They (accused) sent the Bank details of Nem Muan Kim and on her request, he again transferred an amount of Rs 50,000,” police said.
The lady called him in the night stating that all flights are full and she would be coming the next day.
“The next day, he received a phone call and was informed that the woman passenger was possessing London Currency and for her release, they (accused) asked him to send Rs 1.2 lakh immediately,” said the release.
It was then that the complainant realised about the cheating and lodged a complaint with police, the release said.
Cyber Crime team visited Delhi and arrested the accused on March 25 and brought the duo to Hyderabad.
During investigation it was revealed that the accused Chukwuedo opened an account on social media website in the name of Felicia Issac and became friends with the complainant to pull on the fraud.
Police said Nem Muan Kim had provided her bank account for depositing the amount.