Two Nigerians, an MBA and a Delhi University graduate were arrested in an online lottery fraud case, police said on Friday.
According to the police, the main accused, Naveen Sejwal, a 23-year-old commerce graduate from DU, used to pose as a RBI officer to win the confidence of the victims.
"They used to send e-mails to people promising them to give some amount under a lottery scheme and then prey on those responded to the mails," V Renganathan, additional commissioner of police (west), said.
The arrests were made after a complaint filed by K Mohan Rao Baitharu from Odisha. Baitharu said the gang made him believe that he won a lottery and then duped him of Rs1.14 lakh.
The other accused have been identified as Godwill, 23, Sunny, 31 (both Nigerians), and Sanjeev Tripathi, 25.
"Sejwal, an unemployed graduate, wanted to become rich in a short time. Tripathi, who works with a private company in Noida, also wanted to earn some easy money," the police officer said.
The complainant was told in an e-mail that he had won seven crore pounds in a lucky draw and asked to pay Rs 16,500 to release his parcel from airport. "He deposited Rs16,500 in the account number given to him. Later he was asked to deposit Rs 98,000 to exchange the British pounds into Indian rupees and he did so. When he was again asked to deposit Rs 5.27 lakh, he became suspicious and approached police," Renganathan added.