Lucknow: ‘German girl’ who duped a retired engineer was Nigerian man | Lucknow News

LUCKNOW: STF on Thursday arrested a Nigerian man from Delhi, who had duped a retired Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) engineer of Rs 9 lakh last year by posing as a German girl.
STF said that the man is the member of the gang holding expertise in online fraud, particularly duping older men by luring them into friendship impersonating as a woman.
The accused Jerome Balla aka Sunday Dumka (34) posed as a woman on his social media profile and took the money in the name of sending him gifts on her birthday in Alambagh. The man lodged a case with the Cyber police.
ASP, STF, Vishal Vikram Singh, said that the miscreant created a fake profile identifying him as Analisa Thompson of Berlin and befriended the victim through Facebook.
Last year, the miscreant sent a message stating that ‘she’ wanted to send some gift on her birthday and asked the victim to send his address.
“A few days later, I got a call from a man regarding a parcel and was asked to deposit Rs 20,000 as income tax. I did the payment. A few days later I got another call, this time from a woman, and was asked to deposit Rs 52,000 as charges/tax for the gift which was 60,000 in Great Britain currency. Since the money was huge, I did not doubt and deposited this amount also,” he said.
Later, he was told to deposit Rs 3.98 lakh as the final sum which was assessed as charges for getting the gift and foreign money.
“While I was eagerly waiting for the gift, another person sent me a letter asking me to deposit Rs 2.5 lakh and Rs 8.28 lakh,” he said. He said they took money in the name of RBI charges/fees. He said these e-mails made him cautious and he went to the RBI to inquire about the same and was told that he had been cheated.
ASP Singh said the arrested man was named in several cases of cyber fraud in Lucknow on Thursday.

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