The Ahmedabad cybercrime police on Monday, December 9, busted a racket involving six members from Nigeria, Uganda and India.
According to the complaint filed by one of the victims, one Nigerian national identified as Lawrence Okosun,40, sent Kheradiya a friend request on Facebook claiming to be based in London.
The two exchanged phone numbers, started chatting on WhatsApp and became friends. After winning his confidence, the accused informed the victim that he was looking for a business partner in India to help him acquire raw material for his cancer research.
With promises of high returns, the accused appointed an agent in India and lured the victim to buy one litre of “Crenulata liquid vv extra solution” worth Rs 5 lakh as a sample from him. The solution was supposed to be raw material for cancer research.
Over a period of time, the accused made the victim transfer a total of Rs 30 lakh in different bank accounts to procure raw material for the research.
The six accused then transferred the deposits into their bank accounts.
After a complaint was filed at the cyber crime police in Ahmedabad, the accused was traced down in Maharashtra and arrested.
Investigation revealed that the Nigerian accused had formed a gang along with John Amokhole, 36, a Nigerian, SheshamNashaba, 22, from Uganda, Gittanjali aka Sona Suraj Dhakolia,24, a resident of West Mumbai and Sagar Tusiram Gupta, 27, from India.
The probe revealed that the gang had defraud defrauded at least 21 individuals in various parts of the country.
On December 9, cyber crime officials arrested the six accused in Maharashtra and seized 23 phones, four laptops, a WIFI dongle, a Walkie phone and 11 sum cards from them.