Online job racket busted, two Nigerians held from Nalasopara
Police seize laptop, mobiles and documents; more than 100 people cheated of crores
Navi Mumbai police have busted an online US job racket in which over 100 people were cheated of around Rs4 lakh each. Two Nigerians were arrested on Tuesday.
The racket came to light following a complaint by Balwantsingh Bist, 24, a resident of Diwale village in CBD Belapur. Since February 13, Bist had been receiving communication from an email address email@example.com and a mobile number 9168750723 from a counsellor Thomas repeatedly. He offered him a job of a cook at Hutton hotel in the US. Bist said he had deposited Rs3,84,000 in various bank accounts as fees.
Bist received a letter from US embassy and visa via email. He was again asked Rs1,80,000. Realising that the documents he had received were fake, Bist lodged a complaint.
Deputy commissioner of police Shahji Umap said, “Senior police inspector of CBD police station Meera Bansode through her team got details of the mobile number from which Bist had been receiving the calls.”
He added, “Based on the details, we learnt that a Nigerian residing in Nalasopara had been using the mobile sim card. We learnt that he had spoken to Bist.”
Bansode and her team raided the area and picked up two Nigerians — Aladejuyigbe Ayobami John, 28, and Akere Isaiah Taiwo, 28, residing at Valai Pada of Nalasopara.
The police seized three laptops, 12 mobile phones , one ipad, 2 pen drives, 1 router and five dongles. Umap said, “Investigations and analysis of the seized items revealed a lot of information on the documents used to cheat job hopefuls.” The police learnt that the duo are in India on a student visa. Taiwo’s visa had expired on February 29, said the police.
Umap said, “We have found names and addresses and other personal details of several Indians in the laptops and other gadgets of the accused. We believe that they have cheated over a 100 people of crores.”
He added, “We have found around Rs 38 lakh in a bank account from which withdrawals had been made from various locations in the country.” Umap has announced an award of Rs10,000 to the police team.