A Nigerian man has been arrested by Uttar Pradesh police for allegedly defrauding at least 300 women by claiming they were getting married, officials said on Friday, May 27.
The suspect, identified as Garuba Galumje, 38, allegedly became acquainted with women on social media and dating sites, where he introduced himself as a Canadian non-resident Indian (NRI) based in Canada.
Galumje, a resident of Kishan Garh in South Delhi, has been arrested by officials at the cybercrime police station in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
“The suspect has been arrested in connection with the complaint of a woman living in Meerut in the UP region. He said he had registered a marriage on the Jeevansathi website. .
“The man eventually trusted her and persuaded her to trick him into paying Rs 60 lakh for several installments in his various accounts before he realized it was a scam,” Yadav told reporters.
When the matter was brought to the attention of the police, an investigation was carried out until a criminal was found working in Delhi and was arrested, said an inspector, who was leading a cyber police team.
“During the investigation, we came across a number of cases similar to those involving Garuba. There were more than 300 women who were targeted at various popular websites and tricked the crores. -Yadav.
According to police, Garuba had first arrived in India in February 2019 with a six-month visa related to a business related to human hair and ready-made clothes.
He also came to India on March 18 with a medical visa until May 22 but stayed longer during the migration several times during that time.
“Garuba has been extorting fraudulent money from members of his family in Nigeria through foreign exchange transactions,” police said.
During his arrest, police found a passport, seven cellphones, 15 copies of documents, including counterfeit letters bearing the names of Bank of Thailand, National Bank of Dubai, Interpol, US Department of State and FBI, officials said.
The FIR is filed against the defendant under Indian Penal Code 406 (breach of criminal integrity), 419 (forgery) and Section 420 (forgery), and under the provisions of the Information Technology Act.