A 58-year-old businesswoman from Andheri lost Rs 4.67 lakh to fraudsters. The police have arrested a Ghana national in the case.
According to the police, Manjit Malhotra, a resident of Sher-E-Punjab in Andheri (East), befriended one Jack William — who claimed to be a United Kingdom national — on a social networking site in January.
William later told the victim he had sent her gifts — including a laptop, iPhone and jewellery — worth Rs 60 lakh.
Some days later, the woman got a call from a ‘courier company based in Delhi’, claiming her parcel from UK had arrived.
“When the woman asked William why he had sent the parcel to Delhi, he told her the courier firm is headquartered in Delhi,” said Santosh Bhandare, senior inspector of Meghwadi police station. “Malhotra was made to deposit Rs 4.67 lakh in a bank account to get the parcel delivered to her Mumbai residence,” said inspector MD Saalve.
The victim took help from her relations to arrange the amount. William then told her he would send her some money, to make up for the amount she borrowed to collect the gifts, the police said. On Monday, the Ghana national, Frank Angoshi, 40, came to Malhotra’s residence to deliver the money and handed over a black box. The box contained eight bundles of fake currency notes, coated with some black substance, and a bottle of a chemical.
Angoshi told the woman that as dollars cannot be sent across borders directly, they are concealed in the black substance, police said. Angoshi then used the chemical to wash some notes, which were revealed to be dollars. However, Malhotra’s husband got suspicious and asked Angoshi to turn all the notes into dollars. When he couldn’t, she informed the police and got Angoshi arrested.