Friday, July 09, 2021

Nigerian arrested for duping Puducherry woman of Rs 5.25 lakh by promising job at French airport

Puducherry: The Puducherry cybercrime cell on Friday arrested a Nigerian national on charges of impersonating an official of the French embassy and duping a woman of Rs 5.25 lakh by promising a lucrative job at a French airport. The arrested man has been identified as Taiwo Adewale Samson, 31, of Lagos in Nigeria. He was arrested from the Yalahanka region in Bengaluru.

Cybercrime cell sleuths said Jasleen Mario, an employee of a private airline, had applied for overseas employment on various platforms and received an email from Gerard Mulliez on a prospective job on August 4 last year. She contacted him over the mobile phone the next day and gathered details about the job.

After assuring her the job, the man said one Vianne from the French embassy would contact her. She received an email from a team on August 6 claiming to be from French embassy in Delhi asking her to pay Rs 36,500 online as a processing fee. She transferred the amount to the account number mentioned in the email.

She soon started receiving emails asking her to pay Rs 64,000 as the IELTS exam fee, Rs 2.64 lakh as visa processing fee, Rs 87,000 for getting an anti-terrorist certificate and Rs 73,400 to get the gate pass. She paid all the fees online amounting to Rs 5,25,400 on various dates in August last year.

She waited for the offer letter and other documents a few weeks to take up the overseas employment. But she did not receive any offer letter. Her attempts to establish contact with the people, who extended the job offer, turned futile. She lodged a complaint with the cyber cell.

09/07/21 Bosco Dominique/Times of India

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