A Nigerian national was detained by the Thiruvananthapuram city cyber-crime police in Kerala, India, for allegedly defrauding a school teacher of Rs 14 lakh (N7.5m) under the name of Director General of Police, DGP, Anil Kant.
On Tuesday, March 8, a Nigerian named Romanus Chibochi was apprehended in New Delhi’s Anand Vihar, Uttam Nagar.
The accused will be taken to the state on Wednesday after being produced in Dwarka court on Tuesday.
The Nigerian national’s phone, which was used in the fraud, was also seized, according to police.
Anitha, a resident of Kundara in Kollam, had got notification that she had won an online lottery and that she owed Rs 14 lakh in taxes, failing which a lawsuit would be filed against her.
She received a WhatsApp message with a photo and contact information for the state police chief, stating that he (the DGP) was in Delhi and that the funds were to be paid to the account number indicated before he returned to the state.
She then inquired at the state police chief’s office, where she was informed that the police chief was in fact in New Delhi.
She quickly remitted the money to the account number indicated in the WhatsApp message after discovering that the information received regarding SPC’s location from the state police headquarters matched what she received in the WhatsApp message and believed that the message was real.
She reported the fraud to the authorities after she realized she had been misled.