Woman robbed of Rs4.5L in FB fraud involving Nigerians

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The JJ Marg police are probing a case where a south Mumbai housewife fell prey to a Facebook fraud involving Nigerian nationals. The victim was duped to the tune of Rs 4.5 lakh.

According to the police, the victim befriended a man on Facebook who identified himself as a New York resident and an American citizen. The accused lied that his wife died recently due to cancer, and since then he is collecting money for the treatment of cancer patients.

The accused made up a story involving cancer patients in Delhi needing urgent financial help. He also told the victim that certain customs officials have caught him at Delhi airport and they need to be bribed in order to release him.

She then received a call from a woman who introduced herself as a customs officer and who convinced her to transfer money to her account through net banking.

After transferring the money, the victim contacted the accused and the customs officer but both were unreachable. She then realised that she has been duped. The police have registered a case and are probing the matter.

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  • The accused made up a story involving cancer patients in Delhi needing urgent financial help. He also told the victim that certain customs officials have caught him at Delhi airport and they need to be bribed in order to release him. 

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