A 25-years-old Nigerian man identified only as Bright has been arrested in India for allegedly duping women on social media website with promise of marriage.
According to a statement by the Indian police, Bright was arrested in Bengaluru on November 23 following a complaint filed by a 34-year-old woman.
Investigation revealed that Bright and his associates created several fake profiles on matrimonial websites, befriended women, cheated them of thousands of rupees under the pretext of giving them gifts or citing emergencies.
The police statement reads;
“It was a six-member gang which was operating by creating fake accounts on matrimonial websites and siphoning off money from victims. Brieght’s wife Devain had also created an account to cheat men. When we went to nab Brieght, we found all the other gang members had escaped.” said Guruprasad G, inspector at Whitefield CEN police station.
“Bright had at least 38 bank accounts in India and 28 abroad where the money were diverted. We suspect the gang members siphoned off Rs 10 crore from people they met on matrimonial sites,” Guruprasad added.
“On examining their laptops, we came across many photos of men and women on such websites.”
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Police also seized four laptops and 10 mobile phones from Brieght and Rs 8.5 lakh from various bank accounts.