India - The Koramangala police have nabbed a Nigerian along with four others for duping a city-based software engineer by selling herbs claiming that it could cure chronic disease.
The victim, Dhruva Kumar, who wanted to invest his savings in some business ventures, came across a business preposition offered by Nigeria-based Isoioh Igoho alias Angno Frinch on a social networking website, posing as a director of an internationally acclaimed medicinal research company.
Igoho, on his website, offered to sell a herb which could not only cure chronic ailments but also boost libido. James even lured Dhruva Kumar with an offer to invest 1,250,000 Indan rupees (N428,750) in the herbs to get an incentive of 10,000,000 Indian rupees (N3,430,000) in four months.
Excited by the offer, Dhruva Kumar met Igoho and discussed about the business. Dhruva was told the herb could treat dengue in no time, and with Bangalore being hit by the dengue virus severely, his chance to the business was a goldmine. He was later instructed by the other fraudsters, posing to be business partners of Igoho, to make his investment online.
After waiting one month for the package of medicines, Dhruva decided to get in touch with the fraudsters by making calls and sending repeated e-mails. On not gaining any response, he filed a cheating complaint at the Koramangala police station.
Based on the complaint, a team of police investigating into the case were able to track the numbers which were given to the police officials by Kumar, and traced one of the numbers to be functioning in India. Further investigations revealed that Igoho was closely working with another four people. A team of police rushed to Mumbai and posing as prospective clients trapped Igoho. Based on his information, the police also arrested four of his associates and brought them back to the city to remand them to judicial custody.