A Nigerian national was arrested today on charges of duping a city resident of Rs 1.32 lakh, police said.
He was arrested from the bus stand here, police said.
According to police one Mahadevan, a textile machinery spare parts dealer, depoisted Rs 31,553 in private bank based on a telephone call from Mumbai last month that he has won a two lakh pound contest.
The caller told him that he would get the amount only after paying the money in the bank, police said.
Since there was no response from the caller after depositing the money, Mahadevan went to Mumbai last week and contacted the caller, who again asked him to deposit Rs 1,05,000 and the money would be transferred to his account with in a couple of days, police said.
When contact the caller after reaching here, he was informed that one Nigerian national would deliver the money at the bus stand here this morning.
Growing suspecion about the deal, Mahadevan contacted policem who instructed the crime branch to keep a vigil.
The Nigerian, Odiegwy Jude, was arrested after he gave a parcel to Mahadevan, police said.
The parcel contained seven bundles of black papers cut into the size of Pounds and a liquid bottle. Jude told Mahadevan that the black paper would turn into Pounds/Dollars once he clean the notes with the liquid.
Police are questioning Jude to ascertain his contacts.