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Nigerian national arrested in Puducherry for cheating woman

- July 9, 2021

Chennai, July 9 (BPNS)

The Cybercrime cell of the Puducherry police arrested a Nigerian national for fleecing a woman of 5.25 lakh. The person impersonating as a senior official with the French embassy promised the woman a good job at a French airport.

The man who was arrested from the Yelhanka region of Bangaluru on Friday is Adewale Samson, 31 from Lagos, Nigeria.

Cyber Crime cell in a statement said that Jasleen Mario, an employee of a private airline had applied to several job sites for overseas employment. She received a mail from a person named Gerard Mulliez about a prospective job on August 4, 2020. The woman contacted him the next day and enquired about the job.

The man assured her of the job and told her that a woman named Vianne from the  French embassy would contact her and, according to Cybercrime cell, she received a call on August 6, 2020, from a team claiming to be from the French Embassy, New Delhi. The caller asked her to deposit an amount of Rs 36,500 online as a processing fee and she transferred the amount to the account details mentioned in the mail.

Jasleen Mario said that she received regular calls asking her to transfer Rs 64,000 for the IELTS examination fee, Rs 2.64 lakh for Visa processing fee, Rs 87000 for getting an anti-terrorist certificate, Rs 73,400 for getting a gate pass. The woman paid all the money amounting to Rs 5, 25,400 on various dates in August 2020.

She waited for the offer letter for a few weeks to take up the overseas employment, however, she did not receive any mail. She tried to establish contact with the people who had extracted money from her, but after she could not establish contact with them. Jasleen Mario then lodged a complaint with the Cyber police.

The Cyber cell registered case against unidentified people under sections 419 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code(IPC) and 66-D of Information Technology Act, 2000 and arrested the Nigerian national.

Cybercrime cell in the statement said that the hunt is on for the others involved in the cheating and impersonation.