A notorious Nigerian has been arrested in India for duping more than 90 people millions through fake lottery scams.
Igwe Festus Abraham
A notorious Nigerian cyber criminal has been arrested for duping more than 90 people across India through fake lottery scams. The man identified as Igwe Festus Abraham had a staggering 14 accounts in reputed banks.
His luck ran out after the cyber crime cell started investigating a case registered at Alankar police station in which a woman was cheated for Rs 16 lakh after she received an email saying that she had won a lottery of GBP 500,000 and she was made to make several payments on various pretexts, right from processing fees to chemicals needed for cleaning foreign currency notes.
On Tuesday, a team arrested the Abraham, a resident of Malviya Nagar in Delhi. According to The Indian Express, the woman had received an email in September last year from a dubious mail address email@example.com saying that she had won a lottery. Subsequently she was asked to make payment by electronic transfers to various bank accounts.
In December last year, she was told that one Abraham was coming to meet her and she was asked to make arrangements in a hotel for him. On December 6, he met her in the hotel and showed a suitcase, which had bundles that ‘looked like currency notes’ but were wrapped in green polythene.
The man told her that the chemical needed to clean the notes had spilled and she would have pay more for its purchase. The man even gave her two real currency notes, which she got converted into rupees, thus trusting the fraudsters. The woman realised that she had been duped after an mail address given by the fraudsters for final payment of the lottery money bounced despite several attempts.
Based on phone numbers used by the suspect, account numbers to which the payments were made and a photo of the suspect clicked by the complainant, cops zeroed down to Igwe.
A police team nabbed him in Delhi on Tuesday and he was brought to Pune on Wednesday. Police said Igwe had 14 accounts in HDFC, Canara, SBI, ICICI, Syndicate and other banks.