Saturday, June 30, 2018

Nigerian fraudsters use fake African documents to enter India

Hyderabad: As Nigeria is not in the list of countries eligible for e-visa facility for travel to India due to the high incidence of involvement of Nigerian nationals with crimes, including drug peddling and cyber crimes, scammers from the African nation are adopting a new modus operandi to sneak into the country.
Bureau of Immigration's vigil at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad has revealed that Nigerian scammers are entering the country through airports in south India by procuring fake passports of e-visa facility eligible countries like Sierra Leone, Ghana and Guinea.
At least eight Nigerians holding passports of Sierra Leone and Ghana that landed in Hyderabad were deported from RGIA in June 2018.
"Around 165 countries are eligible for e-visa facility for travel to India except for countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nigeria. During surveillance, Bureau of Immigration officials observed that after clearing immigration, some passport holders from Sierra Leone, Ghana and Guinea are heading to the domestic terminal to catch a flight to Delhi. This aroused suspicion. On being grilled, they confessed to having procured fake passports from their neighbouring countries to enter India," said an RGIA source.
The fake passport holders confessed that they paid around 1 million Nigerian Nairas, equivalent to Rs 2 lakh, to brokers for procuring passports and applied for e-visa.
30/06/18 U Sudhakar Reddy/Times of India
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