The gang had duped an Arunachal Pradesh doctor of INR 30,00,000 by promising him huge profit in a herbal seeds deal.
The gang contacted the doctor by opening a fictitious facebook account in the name of a girl from UK.
The Delhi crime branch received a complaint of cheating to the tune of INR 30,00,000 from Dr. Raja Dodum of Arunachal Pradesh. He alleged that a girl posing as Bianca Hernandez from United Kingdom sent him a friendship request on Facebook which was accepted by him. During chatting, she introduced herself as an employee of a Pharmacy Company of UK named ASTRAZENECA. She told him hat she had earlier visited India on business purposes to buy a herbal seeds with the brand name ‘PAKAYOKO NATURAL’. She had bought these seeds from a Delhi based vendor Ms Durga Luxmi for INR 60,000/- per 10 gm (one sachet) and earned a huge profit by supplying this product to her company for $2,250 (INR. 130,000) per sachet. Then she told him that a huge demand of 300 sachets of such seeds is expected from her company and sought help for buying the herbal seeds from Durga Luxmi at the rate of INR 60,000 per sachet. She also told him that the seeds will have to be handed over to the purchase manager of her company for INR 1,30,000 per sachet during his proposed visit to India. She provided him the phone number of Durga Luxmi and allured him to purchase the seeds for her by assuring handsome share from the profit to be made, on her visit to India in the first week of May 2015.
Dr. Raja Dodum came to Delhi on April 4, 2015 evening by flight and contacted Durga Luxmi and met her near Priya Cinema Complex in the Vasant Vihar area. He bought 4 sachets as samples by paying INR 60,000 per sachet for showing them to the Purchase Manager Edward Spicy as per the instructions of Bianca Hernandez.
On April 5, Dr. Dodum met Edward Spicy at Hotel JW Marriot near IGI airport who told him that he will pay money only after receiving 300 sachets and showed him a bag full of US dollars. Next day, the complainant contacted Durga Luxmi and asked to supply the herbal seeds and reached Priya Cinema Complex and purchased 50 sachets after paying her INR 21,00,000 in cash. When he called Spicy for delivery of the herbal seeds, he told him that a Customs official has caught him while exchanging currency for possessing large amount of foreign currency. The complainant immediately apprised Bianca about the incident. She told him that it was a mistake of Spicy but he need not worry, as her company Director is already taking necessary action to save Edward Spicy. After a few hours, Bianca provided him an SBI bank account number and telling him that the account belonged to a Police officer asked him to deposit Rs. 6,80,000/- into this account as bribe for release of Spicy. On April 8, he deposited the amount in the account number given to him but later realized that he had actually been duped under a well hatched conspiracy.
The Crime Branch took into account the involvement of some organized gang in the fraud and a team led by DCP Dinesh Kumar Gupta and comprisingof ACP Sushil Kumar Singh, Insp. Rakesh Dixit, SI Sandeep Verma, ASI Jagdish, HCs Davender, Santosh, Kushal Pal, Sanjeev, Puran Chand, Ct. Mohd. Talim and W/Ct.Pooja was constituted under the supervision of Addl.CP Ashok Chand to nab the culprits.
During the course of enquiry,the complainant was requested to accompany the raiding party to identify the culprits.A trap was laid at main road opposite Priya Cinema, Vasant Vihar and when Dr. Dodum spotted and pointed towards a woman, she was apprehended. This woman was identified as Anita (40), resident of Hauz Rani, Malviya Nagar, Delhi. She had impersonated as Durga Luxmi. INR 500,000 was recovered from her. During interrogation, it was revealed that she is member of an international gang of cheats. On April 11, another accused Emmanue Chika (28 years) of Adesuyi Adelaja, Okokomaiko Lagos, Nigeria, was arrested from Saket on the basis of information provided by Anita alias Durga Luxmi. This person had impersonated as purchase manager Edward Spicy.
Dehi Police has issued a general caution stating that some African nationals are running different cheating rackets by contacting Indian people on Facebook and using fake identity and posing themselves as British nationals. They lure victims in different ways after becoming their Facebook friend as they have duped the complainant. These gangs have engaged some Indian men and women to make calls to the victims by posing as business partners or custom agents to gain the confidence of those they target.
During interrogation, it was revealed that two Nigerian nationals – Pastor Zackaria and Ms. Blessing are running this racket from different parts of India apart from Delhi. After acceptance of friendship request on Facebook by the potential victim, they were introducing themselves as British nationals and cheating them in different ways. Ms. Blessing was posing herself as Bianca Hernandez and introducing Pastor Zackaria as Edward Spicy, the purchase manager of pharmaceutical company based in United Kingdom.
Some other victims of their fraud in other parts of India have also been identified.
Anita is a single parent, living with her 18 year old son. She belongs to low middle class family and has studied up to the 12th standard. She has no source of regular income and had met these racketeers in a church. Due to her poor financial condition, she agreed to join them and started acting on the behest of these cheats to make easy money.
Emmanue Chika is a Nigerian national and belongs to a medium class family. His father is a retired government officer and he has studied upto secondary school. After completing secondary education in 2006-2007, he started a garment business in Lagos. When a Nigerian advised him to bring garments from India, he came to Mumbai in January 2013 on a Business visa. In February 2013, his passport was stolen from his house in Mumbai. He frequently visited Delhi,Tripura and Mumbai and sent several consignments of garments to Nigeria. Since November 2014, he was staying at Sector 19 at Dwarka here. He met Pastor Zackaria, Blessing and Anita in a church.