Assamese woman, Nigerian husband arrested for duping woman through Facebook
NORTHEAST INDIA | September 19, 2018:
On Monday, an Assamese woman along with her Nigerian national husband was arrested for allegedly duping Facebook users to the tune of over Rs 1.21 lakh.
Ifeanyi Joachin Nwafor was apprehended by the police for befriending people on the social network and seeking money to buy gifts for poor people in India. His wife, meanwhile, was posing as a customs official and made up random tax figures for clearance to transfer the money to bank accounts held by the duo.
Another police official said the accused had several Facebook accounts with hundreds of friends. "He used to speak (to users) for days, befriend them, and later claim to send gifts to India. His wife posed as a customs official and made up random tax figures for clearance to transfer the money to bank accounts held by them," the official added.
During the investigation, the police found that the accused had made a trip to Assam in December 2017. "The passenger lists of all Delhi-bound flights from Dimapur were analysed for clues," an official said.
The police were able to identify the accused using CCTV footage at ATMs, after tracing money transactions to a bank account at Allahabad Bank. The money was being withdrawn within hours of receiving it.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse said, "Nwafor is a football player from Nigeria who came to Indian on a business visa in 2009. He lived in Chennai for a year and Kerala for four years before he met an Assamese woman on Facebook. He eventually married her."
Source: Indian Express