Bhubaneswar: The Crime Branch of Odisha Police today arrested two West African nationals from Delhi, who duped people to the tune of several lakhs on the pretext of investing in India, lottery schemes.
The accused were identified as Zouzou Alex (34) from Ivory Coast and Erikume (46) from Nigeria.
The duo also looted several persons by creating a fake matrimonial website. Crime Branch sources said one of the foreigners had duped a lady from Bhubaneswar of a whopping Rs 10 lakh on the pretext of marrying her.
Following this, the lady had registered a complaint with the Cyber crime police station in Cuttack in February this year.
According to Anila Anand, Inspector, Crime Branch- cyber cell, who is investigating the matter, said: “The accused had created a fake profile in a matrimonial site in the name of Dr. Bhupinder Singh, a US-based doctor to woo the woman.”
Later, the lady started believing the foreigner and in the process sent around Rs 10 lakh to his different bank accounts. After some days, the woman got to know that she has been cheated and lodged a complaint, the Inspector added.
Acting on specific information about the fraudsters’ presence in Delhi, a team of Crime Branch Cyber Cell headed by Anand and ASI N.T Dora carried out simultaneous raids and managed to nab them.
The police has seized laptops, mobile phones SIM card used for committing crime from their possession.
The arrested accused were produced before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) West Delhi Courts and were remanded in police custody for five days.
The duo were reached Bhubaneswar this evening and taken to Crime Branch headquarters in Cuttack for interrogation, sources said.
The two foreigners had committed similar crime in Mumbai and were most wanted by Odisha and Maharashtra police since long, CB sources said adding the modus operandi is same in both the States.