New Delhi: A Nigerian gang was arrested for swindling money from a Kollam native by duping as Kerala DGP Anil Kant. The police arrested the accused from Delhi.
The gang embezzled Rs 14 lakh from Anita, a teacher in Kollam. They were produced in a Delhi court. Police will return to Kerala with the group on Wednesday.
The incident happened when Anitha, a teacher from Kundara, lost her money through a fake message sent by a user who pretended to be the state police chief Anil Kant. The message said that she had won an online lottery and that a case would be filed if its taxes were not paid.
After not responding to the first message, she received a WhatsApp message. The message informed her that DGP was currently in Delhi, and a case would be filed if she did not pay Rs 14 lakh in taxes. The message included the name and photo of the police chief.
Following this, Anita called the police headquarters, and officials confirmed that DGP Anil Kant was in Delhi. Believing that the message was from the DGP, Anita transferred the money to the account number given by the fraudsters.