By Seun Adeuyi
Police in India have arrested a 48-year-old Nigerian, Joseph Akeredolu, for duping a diamond broker from south Mumbai of Rs 1.16 crore or $217,000.
Akeredolu is alleged to be part of a gang that creates fake accounts on social media lures people through the accounts and then dupes them under the pretext of sending gifts.
According to Indian Express, the gang approached the diamond broker, who resides in Girgaon and has an office at Bharat Diamond Bourse in BKC, through one of the fake accounts on Instagram on October 10, 2020.
Akeredolu was said to have created a profile under the name of a non-existing woman, Alex Zendra and claimed to be a captain at a ship in the UK.
In his statement to the police, the broker said, “We started chatting on WhatsApp and after a few days, Zendra told me that she loves me and wanted to marry me. She aspired to start a business with me in Mumbai…
“On October 17, she sent me a video in which she showed branded shoes, gold chains, watches and US dollars and said that she is sending them for me.”