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India Police Arrest Two Nigerian Nationals For Allegedly Defrauding More Than 60 Women On Dating Apps

India Police Arrest Two Nigerian Nationals For Allegedly Defrauding More Than 60 Women On Dating Apps

India Police Arrest Two Nigerian Nationals For Allegedly Defrauding More Than 60 Women On Dating Apps
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Two Nigerian nationals, Obi Alex and Odua Christopher Chukwudi alias Sunny, have been arrested in India for allegedly duping several women after befriending them on matrimonial and dating apps.

The suspects were arrested from Delhi and Gurugram on Friday, February 10, 2023.

This is coming a few days ago two other Nigerian nationals were arrested for allegedly duping 60 women on matrimonial sites.

According to Indian Express, a Gurugram resident approached the police on January 14 after she was allegedly duped of RS55,000 by a man whom she met on a dating site.

An Assistant Commissioner of Police (crime), Preet Pal Sangwan, said the victim met with a man, identified as Alex, on a dating app in December last year. He introduced himself as a German national and said he was a commercial pilot.

“Initially, the suspect introduced himself as a businessman who deals with saffron and asked her to invest 40,000 for good returns. The victim had invested 15,000,” he said.

ACP Sangwan said in December, the suspect told her that he was coming to India to meet her.

Later, he said that he was apprehended by customs officials at the Mumbai airport and asked for 39,700 for his release. He said customs officials caught him because he was carrying excess cash and expensive gifts.

“The victim transferred the money but the suspect again called her and asked for more money. She felt suspicious and refused to pay any more money on which he threatened to edit her photos and circulate them on social media,” the ACP added.

Police said a case was registered under Section 419 (cheating by impersonation) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 66D of the Information Technology (IT) Act at the Cyber Crime police station on January 17.

ACP Sangwan said the suspects were traced to Delhi and Gurugram and arrested.

During their interrogation, the suspects revealed that they befriended women after making fake profiles on social media platforms and matrimonial sites and extorted money.

“The suspects have cheated many women on the pretext of being caught by the customs department at the Mumbai airport due to excessive cash and expensive goods,” ACP Sangwan added



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Min Jin Lee

Free Food for Millionaires, Min Jin Lee's debut novel, was named one of the "Top 10 Novels of the Year" by The Times (London), NPR's Fresh Air, and USA Today. Her short stories have appeared on NPR's Selected Shorts. Her work has featured in Condé Nast Traveler, The Times (London), Vogue, Travel+Leisure, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, and Food & Wine. Her articles and literary criticism have been frequently anthologized. She was a columnist for the Chosun Ilbo, South Korea's major newspaper. Her family and she live in New York.
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