A 25-year-old Nigerian identified as Okoye Ejike Kennedy was arrested in Uttam Nagar, Delhi for posing as a German and allegedly duped people on the pretext of selling second hand cars at very cheap rates.
A K Singla, additional commissioner of police (crime) on Friday, said that one Sudhakar Manda, a resident of Mayur Vihar, wanted to buy an SUV. So he logged on to a portal selling used cars and checked out the listings. He was surprised to find an almost new Nissan Terrano at a throwaway price of Rs 4.5 lakh.
The ownership details were impressive too — the car apparently belonged to a senior official of the German embassy who was selling it as he was being repatriated.
Sudhakar contacted the “official” and paid 10% as advance to seal this lucrative deal. He was shocked when he was turned away from the embassy on the date of delivery. He then approached the police for help.
Crime Branch arrested Okoye in this regard. He duped several people using the same modus operandi. His cellphone and laptop have been seized.
Manda said in his complaint that Kennedy posed as Paul Heinz. He also assured him that if he wired 10% of the price to Kennedy’s secretary’s bank account, he would be allowed to see the car.
“The accused also sent a fake letter through which the victim was supposed to get entry into the embassy.
Once the money was transferred, Kennedy changed his SIM card and went underground,” DCP (crime) Bhisham Singh said.
The police tracked Kennedy down to a rented house in Uttam Nagar. He revealed during interrogation that he came to India in November 2013 on a business visa and stayed on even after the visa expired. To make easy money, he started cheating people on the pretext of selling used cars, police said.
He stole photos of cars from advertisements online and created his own ads for the same cars at cheaper prices. He would ask potential victims to wire money to a bank account he opened in Imphal.
Police suspect the involvement of a woman friend of Kennedy in this.