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Indian police arrest a Nigerian man for allegedly scamming 300 women.

On Friday, May 27, officials from the Uttar Pradesh Police Department in India announced that they had arrested a 38-year-old Nigerian man named Garuba Galumje for defrauding over 300 women by pretending to marry them.

 

Galumje, who lived in the Kishan Garh neighborhood of South Delhi, India, claimed to have met the women through social media and matrimonial websites, where he introduced himself as an NRI living in Canada.

 

Officials from the Noida Cybercrime Police Station in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh apprehended him.

“The culprit has been detained in connection with a complaint from a woman who lives in the Meerut district of UP,” said Inspector Reeta Yadav, in charge of the Noida cybercrime police station, announcing Galumje’s arrest.

 

He stated she had signed up for marriage on the Jeevansathi website. A man identified himself as Indo-Canadian NRI Sanjay Singh and reached her through the website.

“The man gradually acquired her trust and made emotional appeals as he duped her into depositing Rs 60 lakh into his numerous bank accounts in multiple installments before she realized the deception,” Yadav told reporters.

 

When the situation was brought to the attention of the police, the chief stated that they started an investigation and tracked Galumje down in Delhi, where he was apprehended.

“We came across a number of similar situations involving Garuba throughout our interrogation.” Over 300 women were scammed out of money after he targeted them through a variety of famous websites. “He utilized profile images of smart-looking individuals rather than his own to deceive women on social media and matrimonial websites,” Yadav added.

 

Galumje arrived in India on a six-month visa in February 2019 to conduct commerce in human hair and ready-made clothing, according to Inspector Yadav.

Following that, he arrived in India on March 18, 2022, with a medical visa that was supposed to last until May 22, but he overstayed and relocated numerous times during that time.

 

“Garuba has been using international money exchange firms to transfer the fraud money to his family members in Nigeria,” authorities stated.

When they apprehended Galumje, the police inspector said they found a passport, seven cellphones, and 15 photocopies of documents, including counterfeit letters from the Bank of Thailand, the National Bank of Dubai, Interpol, the US Department of State, and the FBI.

 

The accused has been charged under sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 419 (cheating by impersonation), and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code, as well as the regulations of the Information Technology Act.

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