5 African nationals held on cyber crime charge

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Hyderabad, Jan 8 (PTI): Five people belonging to various countries in Africa have been arrested for allegedly cheating a person of about Rs 5 lakh through online, police said on Friday.

The five were arrested in Delhi on December 6 and brought here on transit warrant on Thursday, the police said.

The main accused befriended a Hyderabad-based person by posing as Sophia Alex, a woman residing in London, they said.

Later, the victim got a call from a person claiming to be a Customs official from Mumbai and saying Sophia had to pay taxes as she brought gold along with her, the police said.

Believing this, the victim paid nearly Rs five lakh and later realised that the person was a fraud.

The accused, involved in three other crimes, are being remanded, the police said. PTI GDK NVG NVG