The Indian police have arrested 26-year-old Rukhsad Hussain, who is a resident of Bareilly for allegedly being a member of a Nigerian gang that defrauded a Kanpur-based firm of ₹2.5 crore (N139, 419,183.38) through email spoofing.
According to Hindu Times, the accused was held by the detectives of Cyber Cell, Special Operations Group, and the local Faridapur police station in Bareilly, and ₹27 lakh (N15, 057,271.80) cash was retrieved from him.
The officials said on Tuesday that Bareilly Senior Superintendent of Police, Rohit Singh Sajwan said the cyber gang's Nigerian leader was arrested on August 25 in the district after he was found living in India without any passport or visa.
“It also transpired that a Nigerian gang was active (sic) that duped people by email spoofing (creation of email messages with a forged sender address). This gang had recently duped a Kanpur-based firm of ₹2.5 crore and transferred the money into various bank accounts opened on forged documents,” Sajwan told journalists.
“The gang also had some Indian members whose job was to create the bank accounts on forged documents in which the money would be transferred. These members would then withdraw the money and get a share for their work,” the officer said.
Hussain, who is primarily a Zari worker, had got ₹35.85 lakh (N19, 988,890.06) for his role in helping withdraw the money earned through the fraud, he said.
Of the total amount, ₹27 lakh (N15, 054,091.98) has been seized while Hussain said he has spent the remaining sum, he added.
SSP Sajwan said the Bareilly police had earlier received ₹30 lakh (N16,723,709.78) of the duped money frozen in a bank account and arrested some other members of the gang. An FIR has been lodged at the Faridpur police station in Bareilly and further legal proceedings are underway, the officer added.