On­line job racket busted, two Nige­ri­ans held from Nala­sopara

Po­lice seize lap­top, mo­biles and doc­u­ments; more than 100 peo­ple cheated of crores

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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 unit­ed­statesvisaap­prove@writeme.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.

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