India: Nigerian nabbed in online lottery scam
Fron: The Times Of India.
31 Jan 2009, 0101 hrs IST, TNN
PUNE. The Kondhwa police on Thursday nabbed a Nigerian national for allegedly duping a resident of Rs 8.5 lakh through an online lottery
The suspect, identified as Jackson Mandela Habel Joseph (36), walked into a trap laid by the Kondhwa police after a complaint was filed by Ubed Urab Ansari (36), a resident of Hilmist Garden, Kondhwa.
Senior inspector R B Gaikar laid a trap and nabbed Joseph from at a five-star hotel on Bund Garden road, where he was called on the pretext of receiving money from Ansari.
Giakar told TOI that on December 16 Ansari had received an e-mail informing him about winning 1 million pounds in a London online lucky draw. When Ansari contacted the sender via e-mail and chat, he was asked to deposit some money in two bank accounts to claim the draw.
Ansari deposited Rs 8.5 lakh in two accounts of Bank of Baroda and ICICI Bank but got nothing in return. When asked to deposit another 9.11 lakh, Ansari got suspicious and contacted the police, Gaikar said.
"We told Ansari to call the sender to Pune to receive the remaining amount. When the sender contacted Ansari, he told him that, due to some problem it was not possible for him to deposit such huge amount in bank and requested him to come to Pune to collect the money," Gaikar said.
The sender told Ansari that he would send his representative to collect the money. He had also gave a code number 2077' of the person.
Gaikar added that, on Tuesday Ansari got a call from Joseph. He asked Ansari to select a hotel in the city and inform him accordingly.
"We laid a trap at the hotel on Thursday. The suspect came to Ansari, who was sitting in the hotel with a bag, and told him the code number. Immediately we nabbed him. However, he bit constable R V Salunkhe," Gaikar told TOI.
Interrogation revealed that, Joseph was based in Dahisar for the last few years. "We also found that the suspect is staying illegally in the country. We have recovered an expired visa from his possession. He also revealed that, the bank account in which Ansari had deposited the money was in Jaipur," Gaikar said.
The investigation was carried out by inspector Milind Thosar, sub-inspector Sunil Khedekar, constables Shivaji Ghule and Manoj Salunkhe.
With cases of online scams rising, deputy commissioner of police (Zone 4) Jalindar Supekar appealed to the public not to fall prey to such mails asking for money without verifying the credentials of the senders.
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