Police in India on Wednesday arrested two Nigerians who allegedly posed as “love gurus” to cheat an Indian doctor out of N6.6 million (Rs 12.45 lakh).
Police said the duo promised to cast a love spell on the victim who was going through a rough patch in her life and fell prey to scammers after googling a “love spell caster”, Indian Express reported.
According to the local news platform, officers identified the arrested people as Okwuchukwu, 41, and Obiwuru Jonathan Uzaka, 35, both residents of Uttam Nagar in Delhi.
Police were hunting two other defendants, Michala Ajunda and Daniel.
According to them, the complainant, an ophthalmologist, said that the defendant informed her that they were “love spell casters” from Uganda and that they would perform some prayers for their love.
The defendant also requested the initial transfer of Rs 1 lakh and collected up to Rs 12.45 lakh citing various reasons.
Reacting to the issue through a statement, the police said: “The complainant who was looking for a solution to the problems of her love life and career success had searched online for ‘love spell caster’ and obtained the phone number of the scammers, he told police in his complaint
“Based on your complaint, the police registered a case and collected technical evidence. A special team led by Inspector J Narender Goud rushed to Delhiarrested the defendants and took them to hyderabad in transit preventive detention.
“The defendants have been taken into judicial custody,” the statement added.
However, the police discovered that the four defendants came to India for a cloth business and hatched a scheme to deceive gullible citizens and make money after suffering losses in the business.
The police further claimed that the defendants opened bank accounts through intermediaries and posted advertisements on social media platforms and Google.
“Along with their phone numbers, they gave advertisements offering astrology services, love spells, and solutions for life’s problems,” they added.