Crime Branch Advisory
The Nigerian Scam
NIGERIAN HELD IN E-CRIME
10 January 2007
The Cyber Crime Branch of the Mumbai
Police arrested a 30-year old Nigerian on Monday for allegedly duping
26 customers of the ICICI Bank to the tune of Rs 6. 93 lakh.
Abdul Rehman Azocz would send fake
e-mail to the bank’s customers with the intention to cheat,
mislead and defraud the bank customers and illegally collecting
the information from the bank customers and infringe the website
of ICICI Bank and carrying out illegal transactions causing loss
to the customers.
Sources said the accused identified
as Abdul Rehman Azocz, resident of house no 23, Ofim street, Lagos
Island. Lagos. In Mumbai, he was put up at a lodge at Pydhonie from
where he was arrested on Monday. The additional chief metropolitan
magistrate’s court at Esplanade remanded Azocz to custody
till January 23 after Sections 419, 420, 468,469 and 471 of IPC
were pressed against him.
A Cyber Crime Branch officer told
DNA that Azocz was arrested after he contacted Ms Basra alias Shanu,
an account holder with ICICI Bank, through email and fraudulently
transferred money from her account last week. Basra then informed
the bank authority, which in turn turned the matter to Cyber Crime
Cell. The police officials traced Azocz with the help of IT experts.
Complainant Samir Dabral, 30, assistant
manager of Risk Containment Unit in ICICI Bank told DNA, “
There are 26 customers in Mumbai and other cities in India, who
have been duped to the tune of Rs 6.93 lakh. Moreover, the bank
has not warned its customers, through email or otherwise, about
providing user information via fake e-mails or fake webpages.”