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MP’s brother falls prey to e-mail fraud

Maudood Madani latest victim of Nigerian black dollar scam; 3 arrested for duping him of lakhs, reports Vijaita Singh.

delhi Updated: Jan 21, 2008 00:10 IST
Vijaita Singh
Vijaita Singh
Hindustan Times

If you have received an e-mail that promises a handsome job in a foreign country, or a mail claiming that you have inherited a huge sum of money, the advise is to trash it.

The latest victim of this e-mail fraud, better known as the Nigerian black dollar scam, is the younger brother of Member of Parliament (MP) from Rajya Sabha Mahmood Madani.

The central district police arrested two Nigerians and a woman from the Northeast, last week for allegedly duping the Madani's younger brother Maudood Madani worth lakhs of rupees.

Police said Maudood Madani had received an e-mail saying that he has won a lottery worth Rs 10.5 crore.

"Madani fell for the trap and he replied to the mail. He was contacted by a person named Thomas who asked him to deposit some money as processing fee to claim the lottery money," said a senior police officer.

Madani received the e-mail on December 12, 2007. Police said the accused took money from Madani on three occasions.

"Thomas gave Madani some black papers wrapped in a piece of white cloth saying that if he washes the black note with a certain chemical, he would get a genuine currency," added the officer.

The accused called Madani at Connaught Place and promised to handover the chemical to him in lieu of Rs 11 lakh.

"The accused even asked Madani to keep the chemical in refrigerator for better results. He broke the bottle on his way home and called up the accused again. The accused told him that he could get him the bottle from Mumbai," added the officer.

In the first week of January, Madani received a call from Thomas that he needed to pay Rs 35 lakh more if he wanted to claim the lottery money and procure the chemical substance.

Madani smelt a rat and he informed his brother about the e-mail and the transactions.

The Rajya Sabha MP then filed a complaint at Indraprastha Estate police station.

Police traced the accused with the help of the mobile phone number and arrested three persons from Mohan Nagar area in Tilak Nagar.

The accused have been identified as Diagbel Moses, Abrahim Festus Oriafo and Louvnge Ngullie. They have been sent to judicial custody.