Pune: A Nigerian gang involved in cyber crime in various states was busted by Cyber Crime Cell (CCC) of the Pune police recently.
Two members of the gang were arrested on October 10 from Navi Mumbai. Twenty cellphones, two laptops, three Sim cards including two of UK and Nigeria, two routers, two dongles, one pen drive and a can of five litres oil were recovered.
The case came to light when a Chinchwad-based businessman was honeytrapped by the gang and duped of Rs 1,04 crore.
According to the CCC, the complainant received a friend request from a woman identified as Olivia Johnson. He accepted the request and they started chatting.
Gradually, the woman started discussing her business. She said she worked as a purchase manager in a UK-based company, Azelis Pharm Investment Company Ltd, which manufactures medicinal drugs using Udara liquid herbal oil.
She said her company purchases herbal oil at 5,000 US dollars per litre, while the same costs 2,000 US dollars in India. She asked him to buy the herbal oil in India and sell it to her company. She asked for a cut of 30 per cent from the profit and said she will get him a contract of 150 litres of herbal oil.
The police said the woman gave him the numbers of some herbal oil agents in India. He made a deal with one of them to buy the oil at Rs 1,45,000 per litre. The businessman was made to buy 120 litres of oil. But when he did not receive any payment, he informed the CCC.
The two Nigerian accused who were arrested were identified as Amara Obiasogu alias Robert Spiff alias Frank, (30) and Ekene Unachukwu (30) who were residing at Navi Mumbai.
During interrogation, the police found that the fraudsters were helped by an Indian woman and some other Nigerian nationals who are at large. The gang was active in Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
Cyber Cell warning
The CCC issued an advisory appealing to people not to entertain any communication from the following email ids and phone numbers and immediately inform the police.
Email ids: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Phone numbers: 7053298991, 446973558279, 7835917122, 442035140842, 448703218902.