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Noida: Businessman duped of Rs60 lakh by African firm, one held

The man said that after listening to a speech by PM Modi last year, he decided to invest money in agriculture products in South Africa

noida Updated: Jun 11, 2017 23:49 IST
Sohil Sehran
Sohil Sehran
Hindustan Times
A 37-year-old Nigerian national has been arrested in the case.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT Photo)

A businessman has been allegedly cheated of Rs 60 lakh by a trading company in Kimberley, South Africa.

Rahul Anand, 29, is a resident of Preet Vihar in Delhi and works with his father Raj Kumar Anand who owns a garments export business in Noida Sector 63.

Rahul, a fashion and technology graduate from Amity University, said that after listening to the speech of Narendra Modi on July 8 last year, he made up his mind to invest money in agriculture products in South Africa.

Rahul spoke to his father and planned to import pulses from South Africa. He put a demand for 2,000 metric tonnes of red lentils, black gram and chickpea on an e-commerce site.

Police said a trading company based in Kimberley offered him supply at lowest rates. Rahul said he contacted its officials and he was told 1 metric tonne would be supplied for 150 dollars.

The process was initiated in middle of January this year and he was told to make advance payment. He immediately transferred money to their account with a bank in Johannesburg, police said.

“After a few days, they sent Rahul samples of pulses through courier from Johannesburg. Rahul and his father were given documents of the shipment, which were later found fake. Rahul started inquiring about the delivery of shipment but they kept asking for money,” said superintendent of police (city), Arun Kumar Singh.

Police said that from January end to March 22, Rahul allegedly transferred Rs 60 lakh to the trading company on the demand of its co-director, identified as one Raymond.

But Rahul’s order never reached him. He contacted them again on April 30 and they told him his shipment will reach by May 3. The delay made him suspicious and he searched the phone number on ‘Google’, which showed it was spam.

“On April 30, I called them again and inquired about the shipment. I was told on May 3, the shipment will reach a port in Mumbai. The man identified as Oliver told me that I have to pay Rs8 lakh to their man in Mumbai for its release from the port. I did not make any payment and told my father about it,” said Rahul.

Rahul’s father Raj Kumar Anand took up the matter with the Uttar Pradesh police on its official Twitter handle on May 3. Within 20 minutes, Raj Kumar Anand was contacted by the officials of Cyber Cell Noida and he went to them and explained the sequence of events.

“We received all details and sent him to Phase-3 police station where a case was registered. Subsequently, a team started working on it. A team traced the location of the man who was told to take Rs8 lakh from Rahul. His location was Nala Sopara in Maharashtra and he was arrested on May 8,” Arun Kumar Singh said.

The man was identified as Charles Naemeka alias Devon, 37, a Nigerian national. He was brought on transit remand to Noida on Sunday for the investigation of the case.

Police said Naemeka had come to Mumbai in November 2008 on a 30-day tourist visa. Phones, laptops and SIM cards were recovered from his possession.

Singh said, “The process has been initiated to freeze the amount in the bank. This matter will be taken up with the embassy for redressal. The complainant is also planning to take up the matter with home ministry and external affairs ministry so that investigations are initiated by Interpol.”

Rahul told cyber cell officials that Naemeka was not ready to meet him face to face and had a chat with him on Skype for the payment. Cyber cell officials said Naemeka had given him two bank accounts for the transfer of Rs 8 lakh.

The details of chats had been taken by the cyber cell and investigations are going on into the matter.

“Raymond was my friend on Facebook for two years and I do not know him personally. We have two mutual friends and he texted me on Facebook to take money from a client. I do not know that he was doing an illegal business,” Naemeka said.

First Published: Jun 11, 2017 23:49 IST