An organised gang of ‘phishing’ fraudsters, with no connection to the game of cricket per se, and being run by four Nigerians from two south Delhi flats, found a unique use for the popular IPL franchise.Chhaya Sharma, DCP (south) said Onwutalobi Martin Oluchukwu, 30, Nneke John Odikpo, 29, Sunday Chukwulota, 33, and Benjamin, 35, had cheated several victims on the pretext of a bogus, non-existent lottery by sending fake text and email messages with official logos of the International Cricket Council (DLF-IPL).
They were arrested from two flats rented-out at exorbitant rates and replete with Sony Playstation gaming consoles for entertainment on Tuesday.
The arrests came following investigations into a complaint filed by a Netaji Nagar resident in late December.
“The gang was busted after one Prem Chand approached us late last month and claimed that a fraud text message, claiming that he had won a huge amount from a UK-based lottery, was received by his son,” DCP Sharma said.
Prem Chand claimed that his son had already deposited Rs 48,000 in two separate SBI bank accounts as per the instructions of the caller and the gang was insisting that he pay another Rs 1.85 lakh for realising the complete lottery money.
Investigations revealed that the gang had misused the official logos of DLF-IPL, the Mumbai International Airport, the Airport Authority of India, the Ministry of Finance, the Central Board of Excise and Customs and even the United Nations (UN) to allure victims.
“The gang used to send text messages or emails at random claiming that the victim had won a certain amount in the IPL lottery or a similar scheme and asked them to send personal details to their UK office,” said an investigating officer.
On a specific input, the gang was arrested from Safdurjung Enclave on Monday evening and eight laptops, 126 SIM cards, 26 mobile phones, 20 envelopes of pre-paid SIM cards, a walky-talky, nine internet data cards, 2 ATM debit cards and cheque books were recovered.