Nigerian man poses as German woman on social media to dupe a retired Indian engineer of N131m

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The Special Task Force in Uttar Pradesh, India has arrested a Nigerian man who allegedly duped a 64-year-old retired Aeronautics engineer of Rs 9 lakh (N131m) by posing as a German woman on social media.

The accused identified as Jerome Balla aka Sunday Dumka, 34, was arrested from Delhi on Thursday, September 15, 2022. Police recovered six mobile phones, three SIM cards, one Nigerian voter ID card, Mastercard and photocopy of a passport from his possession.

STF said that the accused is the member of the gang involved in online fraud, particularly duping older men by luring them into friendship impersonating as women. The accused posed as a woman on his social media profile and took the money from the victim, a resident of Alambagh, Lucknow, in the name of sending him gifts on her birthday. The man lodged a case with the Cyber police.

ASP, STF, Vishal Vikram Singh, said that the suspect created a fake profile identifying him as Analisa Thompson of Berlin and befriended the victim through Facebook. Last year, the suspect sent a message stating that ‘she’ wanted to send some gift on her birthday and asked the victim to send his address.

“A few days later, I got a call from a man regarding a parcel and was asked to deposit Rs 20,000 as income tax. I did the payment. A few days later I got another call, this time from a woman, and was asked to deposit Rs 52,000 as charges/tax for the gift which was 60,000 in Great Britain currency. Since the money was huge, I did not doubt and deposited this amount also,” he said.

Later, he was told to deposit Rs 3.98 lakh as the final sum which was assessed as charges for getting the gift and foreign money. He said they took money in the name of RBI charges/fees. He said these e-mails made him cautious and he went to the RBI to inquire about the same and was told that he had been cheated.