Pune police arrest Nigerian national from Delhi in online gift fraud
A Nigerian national has been arrested by the police from Delhi for allegedly cheating a Pune based woman to the tune of Rs 11.4 lakhs in an online gift fraud.
Police have identified the accused as Robinhood Okoh (39).
Police said the accused allegedly contacted the victim woman a few months before through Facebook (FB). Claiming to be a high profile person residing in a foreign country, the accused allegedly developed friendship with the woman.
The accused later allegedly told the woman that he had sent a costly gift for her. But she will have to pay some money at the Customs department in Delhi for taking the gift.
Believing in the accused, the woman followed the instruction given by him over different phone numbers and transferred as many as Rs 11,40,900 into various bank accounts through online transactions.
But she never got the gift. The woman then lodged the first information report (FIR) against the fraudster at the Hadapsar police station. Police booked the accused under sections of the Indian Penal Code and Information Technology Act.
The Cyber police station initiated a probe into this matter. Probe revealed that the person who cheated the woman is a foreigner currently residing in Delhi and is a native of Nigeria.
A cyber police station team went to Delhi and nabbed the accused Okoh. A press release stated that cops brought the accused to Pune by taking his transit remand from a court in Delhi.
Meanwhile, as stated in a press release issued today, cops recovered four cell phones, a hard disc, two pen drives, 15 sim cards, seven debit cards and other material from Okoh.
“Accused was produced before a magistrate court in Pune today. Court has remanded him to police custody till April 28 for further investigation. We have seized a passport from his possession. Details like when he came to India, his past record and whether he is involved in more crimes, are being investigated,” said senior police inspector Minal Supe Patil.