Three Nigerian nationals, one from Ivory Coast and a woman from Nagaland were arrested for allegedly duping a woman here of Rs 10.5 lakh on the pretext of sending her a gift parcel, police said.The victim, Jyoti Dhamija, had lodged an FIR last week against a person named Baryon, whom she was friends with on social networking site Facebook, police said.
Dhamija received a Facebook friend request from Baryon, who told her that she was a resident of Italy. Baryon soon took Dhamija’s address on the pretext of sending a gift parcel for her daughter.
The following day, Dhamija received a phone call from a person posing as a Delhi airport official. The person asked her to collect a parcel which had arrived here, and instructed her to deposit the money as a penalty, he said, adding that Dhamija was even threatened with prosecution if she failed to deposit the amount.
Dhamija realised she had been conned when she received no gift even after depositing the money in separate bank accounts as per instructions given to her, the police said.
Acting on her complaint, police launched an investigation and nabbed the accused from Vijay Nagar area, he added.
They were identified as Arnad Zego, Alex Shivoy, Dao Al Hasan (from Nigeria), Jenli Joules (from Ivory Coast) and Naomi, a resident of Nagaland, police said, adding that Rs 3.5 lakh, 13 mobile phones, laptops, passports, a gold chain and bracelets, pen drives and a Honda Civic car was recovered from their possession.
They accused have confessed their involvement in the crime, the police added. – PTI