Two Nigerians held for cheating

They had promised diploma holder job in London company

 
One of the arrested Nigerians being produced before the  SP at Bagalkot, on Saturday. DH PhotoThe police arrested Edwin Czeshok Joseph alias Anthoni and Chukwai, both Nigerians, and Sudhan Gore, Santhosh and Vishal Singh of Mumbai and seized Rs 78,000 in cash, 12 cellphones, fake passport and visas, a laptop and ganja from them. Pradeep Suresh Kamitkar, a diploma holder in civil engineering had posted his profile on a populat job site.

After seeing the profile on the site, the group sent an e-mail in the name of a London-based company, in May 2009. After an "online interview", the group offered him job and wanted Pradeep to pay money for visa and health insurance.

Accordingly, he deposited Rs 78,000 as visa fee and Rs 1.14 lakh towards health insurance to Vishal Singh's bank account at Axis Bank. Pradeep further deposited Rs 93,000 to ICICI Bank account in the name of one Sunil Dada Balerao for air tickets. The fraudsters mailed soft copies of fake visa and health insurance bonds to Pradeep with a demand to pay Rs 4.5 lakh towards "processing  fee."   

Growing suspicious over the demand, Pradeep, sent a mail to company. He was surprised to receive a reply that he had not been recruited. He then lodged a police complaint.

Superintendent of Police Goel traced the IP addresses of the emails and constituted three teams to crack the case. They were produced before the court. The SP has suspected that the Nigerians might be involved in hawala transactions.

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