Mumbai: The Economic Offences Wing of the Mumbai police arrested a Nigerian national, Chima Emanuel alias Peter Buckingham on Monday, October 13 for duping people of at least Rs 16 lakh on the promise of giving them jobs in the United Kingdom (UK). Emanuel had adopted a modus operandi, wherein he had posted advertisement of jobs in famous, high-profile hotels and corporate companies based in the UK, on the website OLX.IN, which offers online classifieds. Several people from India had sent their resumes on the address provided in the advertisement.

Emanuel would then send fake offer letters with fake letterheads to the job applicants saying that their job has been confirmed. He would then contact the unsuspecting applicant on his or her mobile and ask them to deposit money in bank accounts based in Hyderabad, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and other states in the country. This amount was termed, as the initial deposit, which he said, was mandatory.

Emanuel would then withdraw all the money from an ATM machine based in some other state and vanish. According to the investigation done until now, the police have identified transactions worth at least Rs 16 lakh.

Emanuel was arrested from Aachole Talav area in Nallasopara, east where his laptop was also seized. He has been remanded to police custody till October 18 by the court. The police is investigating the number of people he has duped and how much more money is involved.

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