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4 Nigerians arrested for SMS fraud

The four Nigerians under police custody on Sunday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JAN 10 (NPN):
Published on 11 Jan. 2010 12:58 AM IST
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Dimapur police with the help of the Delhi counterpart arrested four more Nigerian nationals from Faridabad and New Delhi allegedly involved in SMS fraud where credulous cell phone users were cheated of money after depositing some amount to collect the bogus lottery prize money. Earlier, on September 29 last year, two persons identified as Karan Singh and Ish Anand from Faridabad (UP) and New Delhi were taken to custody by Dimapur police. Police had initiated the case following a compliant lodged by one K. Moaba Yanger, resident of Purana Bazaar, Dimapur on August 17, last year . Moaba had been duped off Rs.13,96,550 . The four Nigerian nationals were identified as- Sylvester Jackson (29), Ukato Young (28), Prince Uchena Chibuzer (26) and Odibo E. Aha (34). All the four had come to India on a business visa. Briefing media persons, Additional Superintendent of Police, I. Sungit Longkumer disclosed that the complainant received an SMS from one Peter Anderson informing that he had won one million British pounds in a special lottery. Police sources said that the victim thereafter contacted the person through internet email. He was instructed to deposit Rs.35, 000 as clearance fee, Rs. 1 lakh for anti terror certificate, Rs. 2 lakh to obtain authority certificate from RBI and Rs. 4,61,550 for International/Local tax and anti drug certificate. The victim was further asked to deposit Rs.1.5 lakh and another Rs.2.5 lakh and yet another 2 lakh for transaction fee, local taxes and anti tax certificates in different bank accounts. In this way, the victim already transferred through various deposits a total of Rs.13,96,550.Unfortunately there was no lottery money and no response from the conmen. All the four accused have been kept in police custody for further interrogation. According to Dimapur police, the four accused earlier admitted to Delhi police of their involvement in the fraud but denied it to Dimapur police. However, Dimpur police said all four accused would be charge sheeted based on circumstantial evidence.

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