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Bhayandar: Nigerian ‘friend’ nabbed for duping nurse on Facebook


Bhayandar: In a prize catch, the Thane (rural) police nabbed a 36-year-old Nigerian national for duping a woman from Bhayandar after befriending her on Facebook (FB). A resident of Oraukwu town of Anambra State in Nigeria, the accused identified as Peter Okwuchukwu, is suspected to be the member of an organised gang involved in duping several women, from whom they extracted money under the pretext of sending expensive gifts.

A team, led by Police Inspector (Crime) Suresh Gengje, under the supervision of SP Dr Shivaji Rathod and ASP Atul Kulkarni, scanned his bank accounts and nabbed Peter from Navi Mumbai. The action followed as the woman (name withheld) who works as a nurse registered a complaint with the Navghar police.

The woman’s complaint stated she came into contact with a man who identified himself as London resident Gray Benson on FB in June, this year. Soon the two exchanged mobile numbers and frequently chatted on instant messaging apps. Claiming to be an engineer, Benson proposed to the woman for marriage and expressed his desire to send some expensive gifts to her.

Days later, she received a call from the parcel office informing about the arrival of her gift, but was asked to pay certain charges to obtain it. The unsuspecting woman paid a total of Rs.1.83 lakh, through multiple transfers in different bank accounts. Later, when more money was demanded, the woman got suspicious and informed the police.

“A case, under sections 420 of the IPC and 66 (d) of the IT Act, has been registered against the online fraudster,” said Sr PI Ram Bhalsingh. However, his accomplices are still at large. An alarming rise in cases of online frauds has been witnessed in the region in the past couple of months.

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