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Nigerian, woman from city held for Internet fraud

New Delhi, October 17 : A Nigerian national and his accomplice, a local woman, have been arrested by the Crime Branch for allegedly duping a Mumbai-based businessman to the tune of close to Rs 2.5 lakh through what is known internationally as the “black dollar scam”.
Chima John Kenneth (28), a Nigerian national residing in Gandhi Vihar, and Nirupma Tiwari (32) were arrested by Delhi Police’s Crime Branch after a probe into a complaint filed by Shailesh Singh of Mumbai.

Crime Branch officials said the Nigerian national pretended to be a senior diplomat and his accomplice a customs official to dupe Singh.

Singh’s complaint claimed the accused gang had gotten in touch with him through e-mail on October 5 and identified himself as one Dr Martin Pedro. The complainant was told that he had won a prize money of US $ 850,000.
“The accused asked for Singh’s details for transferring the prize money to him. The mail also contained a warning: “Do not tell people about your prize until your money is successfully handed over to you to avoid disqualification that may arise from double claim,” a senior police officer said.
Singh sent his details via email to “Pedro”. A few days later, Singh received an email from one Tony Alexander, posing as an executive of the Foreign Remittance Department, Natwest Bank, which informed that a senior diplomat Johnson Smith would deliver the consignment to him in India on October 9. He was asked to pay US $ 950 (Rs 46, 590) towards Indian Airport Authority charges.

Singh transferred the money in the account mentioned. An hour later, Smith asked for Rs 2 lakh more for registration with the Custom Registration Department at Delhi.

On October 10, Singh met Johnson Smith at Hotel Ashoka who delivered a bag containing the prize money. When the complainant checked the bag, he found black paper notes. When contacted, Smith claimed these notes were defaced dollars which could be restored by applying certain chemicals, the cost of which was put at another Rs 1.25 lakh.

Singh then contacted the Crime Branch, who laid a trap at Gandhi Vihar in Timarpur and arrested Chima John Kenneth, alias Johnson Smith, along with the woman Nirupma Tiwari.


October 19, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. nothing

    Comment by shailesh singh | July 20, 2009 | Reply

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    Comment by jessica | July 17, 2010 | Reply

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