Cyber crime sleuths in Hyderabad on Friday claimed to have cracked a case of 'Nigerian fraud' with the arrest of one person in Maharashtra for duping a Hyderabad resident.
Alok Raj Saxena, a resident of Hussaini Alam in Hyderabad's Old City, was scamed off Rs 10.7 lakh by Internet fraudsters on the pretext of giving him a job in the Emirates Airlines in Britain.
Rahul Koshte was arrested in Badlapur in Maharashtra's Thane district two days ago and remanded to judicial custody. Three others, including two residents of Mumbai, and a Nigerian, are absconding.
'Nigerian fraud' is referred to online fraud where Internet fraudsters lure people by promising them jobs and claims of winning lotteries.
Crime Investigation Department (CID) officials said the amount that the complainant sent was traced to three ICICI bank accounts in Mumbai.
One of the accounts was in the name of Dyaneswar Bhimrao Thupe. He was lured with a promise of commission by Rahus Koshti, who had taken 25 cheques and an ICICI ATM card from him and made transactions on his behalf.
Two other accused, Sanjeev Bose and Om Chand Choudhary, had contacts with Nigerian fraudsters, and they used Thupe's current account to receive the money.
The police detected a similar fraud earlier this year and arrested a travel agent from Delhi, Mukesh Munjal, for duping a priest for Rs 43.26 lakh.
The money, sent by Anthony Sneharaj, a priest from Vijayawada, was deposited into Mukesh's bank account. Mukesh was working for his Nigerian bosses for commission.
The priest was lured by Ben Jean James, who claimed to be a widow suffering from cancer.
She said her husband left $ 2.8 million, which she intended to donate in the service of orphans and the under-privileged. Sneharaj, who took interest in running the orphanage, was asked to send money to claim the entire amount.