The cybercrime detectives of the Hyderabad Commission have arrested a Nigerian, identified as Morgan, who swindled a pastor of more than Rs 24 lakh (N12million) by posing as a Canadian philanthropist, wishing to give money and masks to the poor of the city affected by the epidemic.
According to the Times of India, Nigeria was a resident of Bangalore. The police said Morgan befriended Pastor Moses of Banjara Hills through a social networking platform pretending to be a Canadian philanthropist. The police stated, “Morgan told Pastor Moses that he was upset by the poor, who were most affected by the pandemic.
Morgan told Moses that he donates money for charity and expressed his willingness to send some cash to Moses along with other items like sanitizers, masks and laptops to distribute among the poor,” cybercrime Assistant of Commissioner of Police KVM Prasad, said. “After Moses agreed to distribute the items, he received a phone call from a woman, who impersonated a customs officer at the Delhi airport and alerted him to an international package that they seized. “The fraudster, pretending to be a customs officer, asked the pastor to pay the processing and customs charges to ship him.
After Moses deposited some lakhs of rupees in the bank accounts mentioned, she continued to ask him to deposit more in the name of fine income tax and money laundering.
Within a month, Moses had sent Rs 24.39 lakh before realizing that he had been deceived and had lodged a complaint on August 19. During this time, the Bangalore police arrested the accused in a similar fraud, and the Hyderabad police brought Morgan to the city on a prisoner transit warrant.