Bengaluru, June 28: The Bengaluru city police arrested a Nigerian national and his accomplice who are allegedly part of a major online advertisement racket.
The Bengaluru city police commissioner, M N Reddi informed that Ehibhi Ehis a Nigerian national and Sadhana who is his accomplice.
The police have found that these persons had been posting fake advertisements on Quikr and OLX to cheat people.
There have been 13 such cases of fraud that have been reported against these persons. The police say that the hunt for three more accomplices is on.
How the fraud was committed:
The racket came to light when a resident of Kodigerahalli lodged a complaint. It was stated in the complaint that Ehis had posted an advertisement stating that his car was for sale. He had quoted Rs 3.5 lakh for the car.
When the complainant contacted Ehis he told him that the car was with the customs and he should contact them. Ehis passed on the number of his accomplice Sadhana who posed as the customs officer.
Sadhana instructed the complainant that he would need to deposit Rs 95,000 to get the car out of the customs office. The complainant paid up this money through two online bank transfers.
However, after that he was unable to contact both Ehis or Sadhana which led him to filing the complaint.
13 more cases being probed:
The police are looking for three more Nigerians who are believed to be part of this online advertisement racket.
There have been cases where this gang has posted fake advertisements on several sites and cheated customers.
Customers who have gone with the money to buy the product have either been overpowered or advance amounts deposited never been returned.
The cyber crime division of the Bengaluru police have also been roped in. Investigations have also found that these persons did not have a valid visa too and we're overstaying in the country.