A team headed by senior police inspector Sunil Pawar has arrested Ogueri Emmanuel Chinonso (28), Tope Oluwolay (31) and Osarumwense Smart (30), who were found to be staying in the Delhi police colony in Greater Noida.
The suspects were brought to the city on Friday evening and produced in a city court on Saturday.
The woman, a resident of Pimple Nilakh, had lodged a complaint with the Chatushrungi police station saying that someone pretending to be a prospective groom had duped her of Rs 38.22 lakh. The suspect was allegedly operating a profile on a matrimonial website in the name of a UK-based doctor Rajeshkumar. Police had also booked his accomplice identified as Martin.
The woman and the ‘doctor’ had exchanged phone numbers and email addresses after getting in touch on the website. They started chatting with each other. The suspect told the woman that he was serving in the peace-keeping force in Afghanistan as an army surgeon.
He claimed that he urgently needed money and urged the woman to transfer some to his bank account. He promised her that he would transfer Rs 1.5 crore to her bank account once the mission was over.
In a span of over five months, the software engineer transferred Rs 38.22 lakh to the suspect’s account. Gradually, she realized that the ‘groom’ was cheating her.
The cyber crime branch of the city police traced the Internet Protocol (IP) address to Delhi and the three suspects, who had allegedly created the fake profile and contacted the woman, were arrested.
Police suspect that other Nigerian nationals based in different parts of India might be involved in the racket.
They will check the bank account details of the suspects to ascertain if they have duped any other people. Police are yet to seize their computers and cellphones.