Nigerian simply identified as Nwachukwu and his South Indian wife, Thanmhring, have been arrested in connection with a cyber fraud case.
The couple were arrested in Uttam Nagar in Delhi, India for defrauding a man of Rs 13 lakh (about N7 million), the Himachal Pradesh police said on Saturday.
Additional Superintendent of Police, Cybercrime, Nervir Rathore, said a First Information Report (FIR), was lodged on January 4 after a complaint was received by a man regarding the cyber fraud.
“Following the international protocol, the Ministry of External Affairs and Nigerian High Commission have been informed,” he added.
Sixteen SIM cards, nine mobile sets, six bank passbooks and other incriminating documents were recovered from them.
The accused had reportedly lured a resident of Chamba district by befriending him through a fake Facebook ID where he wrote that he was from London, UK.
The accused told the victim that he had sent an iPhone and £30,000.
Subsequently, the victim also had a call that the parcel sent to him was intercepted by customs at Delhi airport and to release it, he had to deposit some money.
The victim kept on depositing money amounting to Rs 13 lakhs.
The accused persons are currently being interrogated and will be charged to court soon.