Amuluonye Prince Felix, a Nigerian national
has been reportedly arrested in India.
He was nabbed for allegedly duping a
woman of 18 lakh (N9.5m) after promising
to marry her, police said on Sunday,
The 50-year-old Nigerian man was arrested
in Delhi by the Hyderabad City Cyber Crime
Officials acted on a complaint lodged at the
S.R. Nagar Police Station by the victim who
said she came across the fraudster’s profile
on a matrimonial website.
In his fake profile with an assumed name,
Varun Rao, the accused claimed to be a
civil engineer based in the US.
According to the woman, after she posted
a photo of herself on the matrimonial site,
the fraudster contacted her and expressed
his interest in marriage.
They then exchanged WhatsApp numbers
and began to chat and make WhatsApp
The fraudster informed her that he had sent
her a gift parcel from the US containing
electronic gadgets, US dollars and gold
ornaments, police said.
Subsequently, on June 1, 2022, the victim
received multiple phone calls from persons
claiming to be customs officials of Indira
Gandhi International Airport in Delhi and the
income tax officials, asking her to pay
various taxes to release the parcel.
After paying up to 18 lakh towards income
tax, money laundering tax, GST and anti-
terrorism charges, the woman realized that
she was conned and approached police a
few months ago.
During investigation, police found that the
accused was based in Delhi and a special
team arrested the Nigerian from Greater
Noida a few days ago.
“He came to India on a business visa in
2012 and continued to stay here even after
his visa expired.
He hatched a plan to
defraud people online with the help of his
friends for which he created fake profiles on
different matrimonial websites, sent
requests to innocent unmarried women
using foreign numbers and introduced
himself as if he was living abroad,” police
Explaining the accused’s modus operandi,
police said that he used international SIM
cards to commit fraud.
His victims would receive similar calls,
claiming to be from government agencies,
demanding money. Unsuspecting victims
would send the money.
Police seized three laptops, eight mobile
phones, 10 SIM cards, and two debit cards
from the accused’s possession.