A Nigerian national involved in an international Internet scam allegedly run by his accomplices from Nigeria, was arrested here for duping an Indian of Rs 650,000, Delhi Police said Thursday.
Okhai Prince Albert, staying illegally in New Delhi, was arrested from the Ashoka Hotel in Chanakya Puri on Wednesday after he had come to collect more money from his victim, Khozaima Gabu, a resident of Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh.
The incident came to light after Gabu registered a complaint with the economic offences wing of Delhi Police.
Gabu told police that he had received an e-mail few months ago saying that he had won a lottery of Rs 20 million and that to claim the amount he had to deposit a sum of Rs 50,000 as bank transfer fee in an ICICI Bank account of one Prabal Ray Pradhan.
After depositing the amount he received another e-mail asking him to deposit Rs 122,651 towards taxes. In total, he deposited Rs 650,000 as demanded through a series of e-mails.
The victim was asked to approach the South African embassy in New Delhi to collect his jackpot. However, outside the embassy, Albert demanded more money from him.
The Nigerian asked him to come with money to the Ashoka Hotel within two days.
"But Gabu approached the police and a trap was laid in the hotel to nab Albert," Deputy Commissioner of Police Prabhakar said.
"During interrogation, Albert confessed to his involvement in an international Internet scam and said he has transferred all the money to his accomplices in Nigeria. Further investigations are underway," he added.