A 32-year-old Nigerian man has been arrested in India after posing as a humanitarian to defraud an unsuspecting pastor.
Naija News understands that the culprit identified as Morgan duped a pastor of over twelve million naira (N12,385,403.19), by posing as a humanitarian wishing to help victims of the COVID-19 pandemic with money and face masks.
Morgan, however, got arrested by the Police in Hyderabad on Wednesday, December 9 after the pastor had realised he was been duped. Confirming the report, a police source disclosed that after the lockdown, the accused who resides in Bangalore befriended one pastor Moses of Banjara Hills through a social networking platform.
Morgan was said to have gained Moses’s trust by posing as a Canadian philanthropist.
“Morgan told pastor Moses that he was upset about the poor, who were worst affected by the pandemic. Morgan told Moses that he donates money for charity and expressed his willingness to send some money to Moses along with other items like sanitisers, masks and laptops to distribute among the poor,” Hyderabad Cyber Crime ACP KVM Prasad revealed.
The police confirmed that Moses received a phone call from a woman who posed as a customs official at the Delhi airport after he had agreed to distribute the items. She reportedly alerted him about an international parcel that they seized which he needs to pay some processing fee and custom duty to clear.
“The fraudster posing as a customs official asked the pastor to pay the processing fee and customs duty to clear it for dispatch. After Moses deposited a few lakhs of rupees in the bank accounts mentioned, she kept asking him to deposit more in the name of income tax and money laundering fine. In one month, Moses had sent Rs 24.39 lakh before realising that he was duped and lodged a complaint on August 19,” the ACP said.
Meanwhile, Bangalore police arrested the accused in a similar fraud and Hyderabad police brought Morgan to the city on prisoner transit warrant, Naija News learnt.
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Source: Naija News